USM Foundation boasts fundraising record, tops $20 million mark | Schools
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year at $20,336,110. The record eclipses the previous mark of $13.9 million from fiscal 2006 by 43 percent and also represents an increase of 300 percent over the amount raised last year. More than 4,620 donors participated in the record-setting effort.
“We were obviously very blessed with some incredible gifts this past year,” said Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the USM Foundation Bob Pierce. “We had some significant donors step forward with substantial gifts as well as tremendous leadership from (former President Martha) Dr. Saunders and others to enhance the efforts of the USM Foundation staff to generate these funds.”
During the recently concluded fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, University officials, USM Foundation staff members and volunteers worked diligently to raise funds for a wide variety of areas, including three of the University’s top fundraising initiatives, the Building Better Business Campaign, the College of Nursing Building Campaign and the DuBard School 50th Anniversary Campaign.
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