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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

Oct. 3, 2003

Note: See related article here.

UI Comprehensive Campaign Assessed 'By the Numbers'

Total campaign dollar goal: $850 million
Total gift commitments as of Oct. 1, 2003: $661 million (an extraordinarily high 80 percent of the $661 million is in outright gifts or assured future gift commitments)
Progress toward goal: 78 percent
Number of contributors (since Jan. 1, 1999): 97,164

Campaign period: Jan. 1, 1999, through Dec. 31, 2005 (7 years)
Campaign time period elapsed: 68 percent

Campaign milestones (since 1/1/99 launch)

  • Five gifts of $10 million or more (Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Henry Tippie, Holden family, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead, Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz), totaling more than $150 million; prior to the campaign's launch in 1999, the foundation had received no gifts at this level
  • 56 gift commitments of $1 million or more (representing 57 percent of all such gifts received in the foundation's 47-year history)
  • 46 percent increase in numbers of gifts (to 105,648 in 2002, compared to 72,138 in 1998)
  • 32 percent increase in annual alumni giving (from 11 percent in 1998 to nearly 15 percent in 2002)
  • 30 percent increase in annual outright gifts (to $67.5 million in 2002, compared to $52 million in 1998)
  • 29 percent increase in the number of annual contributors (to 60,873 in 2002, compared to 47,191 in 1998)
  • 34 percent of the outright gifts ever received by the UI Foundation have been made during this campaign ($292 million during the campaign period, out of $860 million total since 1956)
  • Campus Campaign (active phase concluding 12/31/03) has increased the number of UI faculty and staff who have made a gift to the UI from 15 percent to 25 percent, with more than $20 million in gift commitments from faculty and staff during the course of the campaign

Progress toward featured campaign goals

1. Student support:

  • $107 million raised toward $142 million goal (70 percent)
  • 60 new Presidential Scholarships (endowments of $100,000 or more)
  • 100 percent increase in funding available to the UI for student aid since the campaign began

2. Faculty support:

  • $87 million raised toward $189 million goal (43 percent)
  • 76 new endowed faculty positions created
  • 39 percent increase in number of endowed faculty positions (268 today compared to pre-campaign baseline of 192)

3. Facilities support:

  • $92 million raised toward $138 million goal (63 percent)
  • Private funding completed on six new UI facilities, providing more than 440,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom, lab and meeting space to UI students, faculty, staff and visitors:
  • Medical Education and Research Facility
  • Carver Biomedical Research Building
  • Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
  • Gerdin Athletic Learning Center
  • Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station
  • UI Athletics Hall of Fame (Roy G. Karro Building)
  • Fund-raising in progress for eight other projects (new construction and renovation):
  • Adler Journalism and Mass Communications Building
  • Art and Art History Building
  • Blank Honors Center
  • Glenn Schaeffer Library (Dey House addition for Writers' Workshop)
  • Pomerantz Center
  • Old Capitol renovation
  • President's House renovation
  • Athletics facilities

4. Programmatic support:

  • $240 million raised toward $201 million goal (111 percent)
  • Includes major gift support for areas such as Hancher Auditorium, the UI Libraries, intercollegiate athletics and biomedical research

5. Unrestricted support:

  • $10 million raised toward $30 million goal (30 percent),
  • Provides resources to be used by the UI president for campus-wide areas of greatest need

6. Annual/sustaining support:

  • $123 million raised toward $150 million goal (77 percent)
  • Funds are directed by alumni and other contributors to ongoing funding needs in UI colleges and other units

The UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit its web site at

STORY SOURCE: The UI Foundation, 500 Levitt Center for University Advancement, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550.

CONTACT: Michael New, President, UI Foundation, 319-335-3305, Writer: Susan Shullaw.

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: Photos for this story are available for downloading