Mason Launches $110 Million Fundraising Campaign

Posted: April 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Embracing its vision for innovation in education and its integral role within this region, George Mason formally launched its first comprehensive fundraising campaign on Saturday, April 6–an initiative that seeks to raise more than $110 million in private support by June, 2005.

The Campaign for George Mason University was announced by President Alan Merten at a kick-off dinner for major donors and community leaders held in the Johnson Center. “Through the power of private support, we will help turn aspirations into realities and expand a philanthropic tradition that will benefit faculty, students, alumni, and the region for years to come,” said Merten.

According to Merten, the $110 million goal is built upon the needs of the university’s various academic units and disciplines. Funding priorities include faculty endowments, faculty research and project support, student scholarships, student services and programs, facilities support, community outreach, and unrestricted support.

The campaign’s launch brings public recognition to an intensive effort that began several years ago with planning and leadership support. To date, $78 million has been raised through gifts and pledges from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations.

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