dusty archives. Hello, cyberspace. For the "Valley of
the Shadow" Project at the Virginia Center for Digital
History, undergraduates Geoff Evans and Ariel Lambert, who
both graduated last May, helped put 5,000 Civil War-era documents
letters, diaries, maps, public records into
digital format. Focusing on two counties, one in Virginia
and one in Pennsylvania, the project places history at the
fingertips of students and scholars around the world. Donors
are backing this innovative effort
fund-raising campaign tallies $1.43 billion
31, 2000 will long be remembered in the University's history.
On that day, the Campaign for the University officially concluded,
marking the end of a fund-raising effort that took the better
part of a decade. The results have been tallied, and they were
officially reported March 14 to the Campaign Executive Committee.
The total: $1,427,912,522 in gifts, pledges and other commitments.
campaign planning began in the early 1990s, University officials
and members of the Board of Visitors envisioned a goal of $350
million to $500 million.
University at that time was determined to enter the 21st century
able to finance its long-term commitments to academic excellence.
Beginning in 1990, the Commonwealth of Virginia started to reduce
its support for higher education, and U.Va. realized that without
increased private support, it could not sustain the quality of
its programs. Between '90 and '95, the portion of the
University's budget funded by the state dropped from 27 percent
to 12 percent. Today, the University receives 14.4 percent of
its budget from the state.
this, the University has managed to remain among the top 25 universities
in the country in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World
Report and is currently tied with the University of California
at Berkeley as the No. 1 public institution.
The campaign total is the second-highest amount ever raised by
a single public university. Last week, Berkeley announced the
close of its campaign, which also ended in December, with a record
sum of $1.44 billion.
all expectations, the U.Va. campaign ran counter to the standard
model in several ways, according to Robert D. Sweeney, the University's
vice president for development. Typically, such fund-raising efforts
lose steam over time, he said. Propelled by major gifts early
in the process, they usually peak at about their midpoint and
then taper off. That was hardly the pattern shown in the University's
142,000 donors took part in the campaign, including alumni, parents
of current and former students, friends of the institution, corporations
and foundations. In the final month, donors committed $159 million,
nearly 16 percent of the campaign's goal, or 11 percent of
University is indebted to all of its loyal volunteers and generous
donors who more than a decade ago joined us on what seemed, at
the time, a most difficult journey," said University President
John T. Casteen III. "They met every challenge and every
new goal, working tirelessly to raise private funds to enhance
our great university and prepare it to meet future aspirations.
Our success belongs to them."
a head start on the rest of the institution, the Jefferson Scholars
Program, the Darden School and the Law School began fund-raising
efforts in 1990, 1991 and 1992, respectively. The quiet phase
of the campaign for the rest of the University began on July 1,
1993, and early success prompted the University to set the bar
at $750 million at the 1995 public kickoff.
years later, in February 1998, the Campaign Executive Committee
recommended to the Board of Visitors that they raise the goal
to $1 billion. The board approved the increase, and the campaign
continued to pick up speed, posting successively higher totals
each year. Bolstered by a $60 million gift from Frank Batten (Arts
& Sciences '50) for the Darden School, the campaign topped
the $1 billion mark in December 1999, a year ahead of schedule.
the $1.43 billion raised, $638 million (45 percent) came from
alumni and $307 million (21 percent) from non-alumni, including
$22 million from parents. The campaign also received $174 million
from corporations, $239 million from foundations and $70 million
from other organizations.
and places benefit from the campaign