MU nears fundraising campaign goal with record-breaking cash haul

The University of Missouri is more than 80 percent of the way to a $1.3 billion fundraising goal after receiving a record-breaking $147 million in cash gifts this year.

MU has received about $1.06 billion in donations since launching the fundraising campaign in October 2015, the university announced Wednesday. The campaign runs through 2020.

In fiscal year 2018, more than 43,000 donors made 77,000 donations, pledges and estate gifts to the fundraising campaign, said Tom Hiles, vice chancellor for advancement.

Including pledges, the university raised $162 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said. That marks the third highest total in university history and a $10 million increase from fiscal 2017.

Donations to MU had seen a drop in previous years, falling $19 million between 2016 and 2017 after 2015 protests and racial unrest that made national headlines.

The campaign has four priorities, including raising the university’s endowment, developing signature centers and institutes, increasing research and starting student success initiatives. 

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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