Campaign Surpasses $100 Million Mark
Posted: August 27, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
To date, The Campaign for George Mason University has raised $102 million in gifts and commitments, including $33 million from friends, alumni, parents, and faculty and staff, and $69 million from corporations, foundations, and other organizations.
“With more than $20 million cut from our state operating budget in 2002, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this level of private support,” says President Alan Merten.
The alumni campaign’s leadership phase, a special one-year donor initiative and integral part of The Campaign for George Mason University, prompted a record 287 alumni to make President’s Circle–$1,000 and above–commitments totaling more than $1.1 million during the fiscal year ending June 30. Compared the to the previous year, the number of George Mason graduates contributing at that level more than doubled, exceeding the goal of 250 donors.
On the heels of this success, the university is initiating the spirit phase of the alumni campaign to increase the number of alumni giving at every gift level. The spirit phase will be officially launched on Oct. 17 at the Patriot Center during Midnight Madness, the annual celebration of the opening of the basketball season.