ATHENS, Ohio (July 26, 2004) -- The books are closed on Ohio University's Bicentennial Campaign - an effort launched in November 2000 with a goal to raise $200 million in celebration of the university's 200th anniversary. Going more than 11 percent over goal, the campaign, which officially ended on June 30, 2004, raised $221,442,916 to support students and faculty, innovative programs, technological enhancements and select capital improvements.
All told, more than 85,000 people and organizations made nearly 250,000 individual gifts during the campaign.
"Ohio University has a long and proud legacy of offering the type of educational experience that allows young people to reach their personal and professional goals," said Ohio University President Emeritus Robert Glidden. "The support generated by this campaign positions the university favorably to continue that tradition and to meet future challenges. The bottom line has been, and continues to be, providing excellence in education."
Some 48,639 alumni made 154,507 individual commitments to the campaign for a total of $142.6 million. Faculty and staff contributed $10.7 million (surpassing their $6 million goal). Two-thirds of the university's employees (2,726 individuals) made gifts. In addition, the Bicentennial Campaign marked the first time that Ohio University's regional campuses participated in a campaign. Together, the Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern and Zanesville campuses raised $22 million.
"This campaign is about more than just raising money. It's about generous alumni and friends transforming the university while celebrating the many attributes that make it a distinctive institution," said Vice President for University Advancement Leonard Raley.
The campaign garnered 52,992 first-time donors, 3,466 donors of $1,000 or more and 8,522 donors who gave in every year of the campaign.
Of the total raised, $23.1 million will establish eight new endowed chairs and 35 new named professorships to support continued excellence in teaching and research. In a time of escalating tuition costs, $40.1 million will support many existing scholarships as well as create 1,226 new scholarships - including 68 Cutler Scholarships. The campaign raised $17.6 million for new or improved capital facilities, $29.3 million for innovative programs, and $13.9 million in technological enhancements.
Much of the money raised will add to the university's endowment - a pool of carefully invested funds that provide for the university annually and in perpetuity. Already, $100,892,827 in endowed and unrestricted gifts has come to the university as a result of the campaign.
The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.
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