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For All We Call Mizzou Campaign Surpasses $900 million

MU Reaches 90 Percent of Campaign Goal

March 5, 2008

Story Contact:  Emily Smith, (573) 882-3346,
Beth Hammock, (573) 882-2257,

COLUMBIA, Mo. - February donations to the University of Missouri pushed the For All We Call Mizzou (FAWCM) campaign total to 90 percent of its $1 billion goal. Since the campaign started in 2000, alumni, friends, corporations and foundations have given $913.67 million to the state's flagship university.

"We are excited to see this level of outside investment in the future of the University, which increases MU's ability to serve our students, our state and our nation," MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said. "We appreciate our alumni and friends who serve MU in so many ways through their generosity of time and donations."

One of the gifts received in February that helped MU reach this milestone was a $5,000 gift given to support the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Ron and Carol Ashworth, major donors to MU from Chesterfield, gave the gift. Ron Ashworth, who earned bachelor's and-master's degrees in accountancy from MU, is chairman of the board of Sisters of Mercy Health System in Chesterfield. Carol Ashworth attended MU's College of Arts and Science.

"The University of Missouri is providing leadership in many areas, including its work to solve the mystery of why so many children have autism," Ron Ashworth said. "This has inspired me to become more involved. As an alumnus, I am moved by the fact that thousands of alumni are helping MU achieve more through the For All We Call Mizzou campaign."

Gifts to the campaign in the past seven years have made a significant impact.
  • 1,500 more scholarships: Contributions of $189 million have allowed MU to fund an additional 1,500 merit and need-based scholarships. Recent gifts include $100,000 from journalism alumna Louise Black Jadel for strategic communications students and a $100,000 gift from the Leucadia National Corporation for finance students in the Trulaske College of Business.
  • 85 new endowed faculty positions: Donors have contributed $69 million to help create 85 new endowed faculty positions. Last October, Richard Miller, Columbia, donated $1.2 million to fund a new mathematics education chair. A $2.5 million gift from Sam Cook, Jefferson City, will fund a chair in the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Science. Dave and Mardel Lillard, Prairie Village, Kan., gave $100,000 for a faculty fellowship in the College of Engineering. 
  • Enhanced programs and facilities: The campaign has raised $448 million to enhance programs and facilities. Angus and Betty McDougall, Columbia, donated $846,000 to create the McDougall center for Photojournalism. Tom and Betty Scott, Mission Hills, Kan., contributed $2 million to the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. Last October, MU announced that its College of Business was officially renamed the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business in recognition of a series of generous gifts by the Trulaske family.
  • More private research funding: The University has received $206 million in grants administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs during the FAWCM campaign. MU's faculty researchers are working to solve many of society's problems including curing diseases and searching for alternative fuels.

"Reaching 90 percent of our goal is an amazing accomplishment," said Cindy Brinkley, senior vice president of AT&T and co-chair of the FAWCM national campaign steering committee. "We are striving to finish the campaign by spring of next year and are looking forward to the day that we reach our $1 billion goal."

The $913.67 million campaign total includes gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, friends, grants, organizations and students. The majority of donors to the campaign are individuals.

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Editor's Note: A check presentation to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton will take place at the MU basketball game tonight.