The University of California, Merced, recorded $5.04 million in private gift and grant support from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 — an increase of 26 percent over the last fiscal year’s total of $3.98 million.
The percentage increase in private funding was far higher than the national average and exceeded the division's goal of $5 million.
Across the nation, college and university fundraisers estimated that giving grew 7.1 percent for the 2013 fiscal year, according to survey results released in the most recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education Fundraising Index .
“An immense amount of work went into tightening up our fundraising efforts, looking at every opportunity to collaborate. This led to a substantial increase over last year,” Chancellor Dorothy Leland said. “Despite the fact that it was a transitional year with a new vice chancellor on board, the Development and Alumni Relations team and the campus were able to really focus efforts on our newly approved fundraiser initiatives.”
Those initiatives, which were vetted with the campus’s academic leadership and will remain for five years, include increasing fellowships for graduate students, enhancing research culture and infrastructure, recruiting distinguished faculty, providing scholarships for undergraduate students and building upon the medical education initiative.
In 2012-13, support from first-time donors increased 38 percent over 2011-12.
Some of the major gifts include:
“We could not do what we do without generous private support from our friends,” said Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Kyle Hoffman. “Since arriving here, I’ve been so impressed with the fact that people have believed in the university since it was just a dream. They stepped up in the beginning in such a significant way, and they are continuing to support this campus.”
This year’s gifts bring UC Merced’s total to more than $87.5 million since it began accepting gifts in 1998. Additionally, as of July 31, 2013, the university’s endowment fund has reached $30 million.
“That is quite an accomplishment for a young campus,” said Hoffman, who has been involved in fundraising for 30 years. “What other university in the world has achieved what we have achieved in its first 10 years?”
To learn more about supporting UC Merced, visit makeagift.ucmerced.edu .