UC Irvine's Shaping the Future campaign now tops the $600 million mark, adding nearly $100 million over a one-year period – and officials believe the initiative is well on its way to reaching its $1 billion goal by 2015.
The Shaping the Future campaign launched in 2005 and boasts five different initiatives targeting health, global outreach, sustainable energy, learning and a newer platform that seeks to provide UCI's students with the "best education possible," said spokesman Bill Ross, who noted that the program is gaining momentum, thanks to the improving economy and its "relevance" to the donor community.
"We wouldn't be having this banner year if we weren't connecting with people in a way that resonates with them," said Ross.
Currently, UCI has received more than 145,000 total donations; in mid-March of last year, the campaign had more than 100,000 donors, according to UCI's website.
“Part of our campaign’s success is due to significantly increasing the number of donors, which is gratifying because philanthropic support is critical to advancing the university," said Chancellor Michael Drake. "I’m particularly pleased at reaching this milestone given what the financial world has been through these past two years.”
Private funding has helped support new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, and the state's first new law school at a public institution in about 40 years; the campus has added about 5 million square feet of facility space since the campaign's launch, including the UCI Douglas Hospital and the Sue & Bill Gross Hall. In addition, nearly 2,700 undergraduate scholarships and more than 350 graduate fellowships have been funded through the initiative.
"UC Irvine has a strong and compelling vision that is relevant to our county, our state, our nation and our world," said James Mazzo, president of Abbott Medical Optics and chairman of the UC Irvine Foundation, which is leading the campaign. "The Shaping the Future campaign has strengthened the partnerships we share with an ever-increasing number of Orange County citizens, community leaders and businesses, all of whom demonstrate their belief in UC Irvine’s mission through their generosity, advocacy and engagement.”
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