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University of Iowa News Release

Background on the "Good. Better. Best." Iowa Campaign

April 29, 2004


New dollar goal:
$1 billion (increased from $850 million)

Total gift commitments as of April 27, 2004
$730 million

Progress toward goal:
73 percent

Campaign time period elapsed:
76 percent

Number of contributors (since January 1, 1999, to April 1, 2004):

Campaign period:
January 1, 1999, through December 31, 2005 (7 years)


The $1 billion goal places the UI in select company. Iowa is one of only 22 public colleges and universities nationwide to have announced billion-dollar campaigns.

The University of Iowa is the third smallest public, comprehensive university (joining the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) to have established a fund-raising goal of $1 billion or more.

(since January 1, 1999, launch)

Five gifts of $10 million or more, totaling more than $150 million:
-- Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust ($63 million for biomedical research, including new facilities and faculty support)
-- Henry Tippie ($30 million for business education)
-- Holden family ($25 million for cancer research and care)
-- Jerre and Mary Joy Stead ($25 million for business education)
-- Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz ($10 million for career services programs and facilities)

Prior to the campaign's launch in 1999, the foundation had received no gifts at this level.

105 gift commitments of $1 million or more since Jan. 1, 1999

-- 46 percent increase in numbers of gifts each year (from 72,138 in 1998 to 105,173 in 2003)
-- 26 percent increase in annual alumni giving (from 11 percent in 1998 to 14 percent in 2003)
-- 20 percent increase in annual outright gifts (to $62.4 million in 2003, compared to $52 million in 1998)
-- 31 percent increase in the number of annual contributors (to 62,025 in 2003, compared to 47,191 in 1998)
-- 37 percent of the outright gifts ever received by the UI Foundation (from its founding in 1956 to the present) have been made during this campaign ($325 million during the campaign period, out of $885 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 26 percent, with more than $23 million in gift commitments from faculty and staff during the course of the campaign


-- $120 million raised toward new goal of $172 million (70 percent)
-- 66 new Presidential Scholarships (endowments of $150,000 or more)
-- 109 percent increase in funding available to the UI for student aid since the campaign began
-- New goal includes $30 million for need-based scholarships

-- $100 million raised toward new goal of $214 million (47 percent)
-- 85 new endowed faculty positions created
-- 48 percent increase in number of endowed faculty positions
-- New goal includes $25 million for fellowships and other support for faculty vitality throughout the career cycle

Private funding completed on seven new UI facilities, providing more than 500,000 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)
-- Blank Honors Center

Fund-raising in progress for seven other projects (new construction and renovation):
-- Adler Journalism and Mass Communications Building
-- Art and Art History Building
-- Glenn Schaeffer Library (Dey House addition for Writers' Workshop)
-- Pomerantz Center
-- Old Capitol renovation
-- President's House renovation
-- Kinnick Stadium renovation

-- $256 million raised toward new goal of $261 million goal (98 percent)
-- Includes major gift support for areas such as Hancher Auditorium, the UI Libraries, the UI Museum of Art, intercollegiate athletics and research programs in all areas of the UI
-- New goal includes $60 million for world-class centers and institutes

-- $11 million raised toward $30 million goal (37 percent)
-- Provides resources to be used by the UI President for campus-wide areas of greatest need

-- $147 million raised toward $150 million goal (98 percent)
-- Funds are directed by alumni and other contributors to ongoing funding needs in UI colleges and other units


For additional information on the Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign, visit these web sites: (campaign web site) (goals and progress) (campaign "by the numbers")

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244

MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Shullaw, 319-335-3305,