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For All We Call Mizzou Campaign Raises $160.5 Million in FY 08

MU reaches 95 percent of campaign goal

July 14, 2008

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

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Donors to the University of Missouri gave a record-breaking $160.5 million to the For All We Call Mizzou campaign in fiscal year 2008 (FY 08). Gifts to the campaign totaled $952.54 million bringing the campaign total to 95 percent of its $1 billion goal.
“This unprecedented level of support from alumni and friends means a great deal to MU during these challenging financial times,” MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said. “Through the success of the For All We Call Mizzou campaign, we are better able to provide the quality of education, research and service Missourians expect from their flagship university.”

In FY 08, individual donors gave 12 percent more than in FY 07, corporate gifts increased by 21 percent, and the total of planned gifts increased 44 percent.

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration staff advanced the campaign by raising $218 million in private grants, an increase of $32.6 million from last year.

Several schools and colleges received significant increases in donations last year. The MU School of Journalism received $4.56 million more in FY 08 than in FY 07 for a total of $8.91 million. Gifts to the J-school included:
• $846,000 from Angus and Betty McDougall to create the McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies.
• $100,000 from Russell G. Smith II to establish the Smith/Patterson Science Journalism Fellowship and Lecture Series, which will give students the opportunity to gain experience and explore career options in science, health and technology journalism.
• $100,000 from Louise Jadel Black to create scholarships for students studying strategic communication.

The MU School of Medicine received $3.26 million more in FY 08 than in FY 07 for a total of $17.57 million. Gifts to the school included:
• $6 million from Margaret Proctor Mulligan to fund more than 10 endowed faculty research positions to enhance efforts to treat and cure patients with cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. No other gift has created as many endowed faculty positions at MU.
• $1.1 million from Michael and Sharon Bukstein to benefit patients with cancer by advancing research efforts focused on improving the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. The gift established the Michael J. and Sharon R. Bukstein Chair in Cancer Research.

The $952.54 million campaign total includes gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, friends, private grants, organizations and students. A majority of campaign donors give donations for specific purposes, including support for students, faculty, facilities and programs at MU. Since the campaign began in 2000, donations have created 97 endowed professorships, and 1,500 more students received scholarships in FY 08.
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