Clemson raises $800M in private gifts

07/18/2014 12:00 AM

07/17/2014 9:28 PM

Clemson University’s “The Will to Lead” capital campaign has surpassed the $800 million milestone, President James P. Clements said Thursday.

“To use a football analogy, it means we are now in the red zone and the goal is in sight,” Clements said.

“To our students, faculty and staff, it means new scholarships, fellowships, professorships and chairs, as well as new and improved facilities. We are so very grateful to the donors and volunteers who are making Clemson a stronger university by providing their support.”

Private gifts to the university totaled $115 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year, bringing the multi-year “The Will to Lead” campaign’s total to $811 million toward the $1 billion goal.

The total raised this year includes $75.9 million in cash gifts, pledges and gifts-in-kind, $15.8 million in planned gifts and $32 million raised by IPTAY through its annual fund, cash and pledges for major gifts, and planned gifts to support athletics, officials said.

Highlights from the year include gifts of $5.6 million from Self Regional Healthcare for Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics and $3 million from Haworth Inc. for the Watt Family Innovation Center.

Other gifts of $1 million or more came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the Call Me MISTER program, the Barnes family to renovate the historic sheep barn for student activities, and the Class of 1964 for the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center and scholarships.

The percentage of alumni who gave to Clemson University was 23.3 percent, which remains one of the highest among public universities in the nation, officials said.

More than 22,000 individuals made donations to the university during the fiscal year.

“I’m proud of the support the Clemson family, alumni, parents and corporations are investing in our university to make it great,” said Trustee Smyth McKissick, chairman of “The Will to Lead” campaign.

In 2012, Clemson surpassed its goal of raising $600 million in the campaign and extended the goal to $1 billion to support students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.

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