Today University of Missouri Advancement officials announced that MU has set a single-year record for fundraising.
The MU advancement team and the university community have raised a record $164.5 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, surpassing the previous record of $160.5 million raised in 2008. With that total, MU surpassed its goal of $150 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
“We are so appreciative of the generous support of our alumni and friends,” said Tom Hiles, vice chancellor for advancement at MU. “It demonstrates their commitment to sustaining and advancing the university. We are committed to growing our base of support as we build toward Mizzou’s next comprehensive campaign; this is a wonderful achievement. I am grateful for the leadership support of both Chancellor Deaton and Chancellor Loftin in helping us reach this historic goal.”
“Private philanthropy and fundraising are vital to the educational and research missions of the university, helping us support student scholarships and attracting and retaining top-notch teachers and researchers,” MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said. “The MU advancement team has done a phenomenal job this year in surpassing our fundraising goals. We have set a great precedent for future fundraising as we prepare to move into our new campaign.”
“With reduced state support, the university must rely more and more on private support,” said Richard Miller, tri-chair of the One Mizzou comprehensive fundraising campaign. "As the university moves toward its next major comprehensive campaign, this record is both timely and a positive step for the future.”
Miller is referring to the $3.8 million that the university expected to receive but will not due to Gov. Jay Nixon's general revenue withholdings.
The goals of the One Mizzou campaign, still in the planning stages, are to support MU’s people, programs and places with private philanthropy.