Nearly $102 million in private gifts were made to Clemson University during the 2012-13 fiscal year, bringing the total raised in Clemson’s capital campaign to $699 million, according to the university.
The total of $101.9 million includes $62.6 million in cash gifts, pledges and gifts-in-kind and $17.6 million in planned gifts, the university said.
“Clemson is fortunate to have so many passionate alumni, donors, partners and friends who understand the importance of giving and how it benefits the university and our students,” said Brian O’Rourke, executive director of development and alumni affairs. “We are excited that our momentum is continuing.”
Some of the notable gifts during the year include donation of office space in the Greenville ONE Building valued at more than $9 million; a $1.5 million gift from Fluor Corp. to the industrial engineering graduate program; a gift of $1.05 million from Joe and Gretchen Erwin of Greenville to establish the Erwin Center for the Study of Advertising and Communication; and $1.5 million from Goz and Pat Segars of Hartsville to support scholarships and student engagement in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.
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The total also includes $26.7 million raised by IPTAY’s more than 15,000 donors through its annual fund, cash and pledges for major gifts, and planned gifts to support athletics.
Nearly a quarter of Clemson’s alumni — 23.5 percent — gave to the university, which remains one of the highest percentages among public universities in the nation. Gifts from alumni who graduated within the past 10 years more than tripled this year, from $201,591 to $640,662.
“I am excited to see such an increase in gifts from young alumni,” said O’Rourke. “They are Clemson’s future. They are the ones who will continue to support Clemson for decades to come.”
More than 21,700 people made donations to the university during the fiscal year.
Last year, Clemson surpassed its goal of raising $600 million in its The Will to Lead campaign and extended the goal to $1 billion. The money will go to support students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.
Since the campaign was launched, 423 new scholarships and fellowships have been created, funding has been provided for 100 faculty positions, 397 new endowments have been created and numerous academic and athletic facilities have been built, planned or are under renovation. The university’s endowment has increased by $100 million during the campaign.