Purdue fundraising shows growth

July 12, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University reported fundraising activity of $227.3 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, marking the highest annual total since the $1.7 billion Campaign for Purdue ended in 2007.

"Once again, our alumni, friends, corporate and foundation partners have given to support Purdue's vision," said President France A. Córdova. "Their generosity helps us provide our students with a world-class education and our faculty with the assets needed to carry out research that will improve lives everywhere."

The 2010-2011 fiscal year fundraising total is $12.4 million more than was raised in 2009-2010 and exceeds $200 million for the 10th consecutive year.

"We are grateful for our alumni and friends," said Lisa Calvert, vice president for development. "Specifically, the momentum continues because of loyal alumni and friends responding to Purdue's vision for the future and the university's growing reliance on philanthropy."

The Access and Success student scholarship and programming campaign brought in $42.6 million in 2010-2011. That brings the total raised through four years of the campaign to $170.6 million, which is on target to reach its $304 million goal by 2014.

The campaign supports the Presidential and Trustees Scholarships, Marquis Scholarships for middle-income students, Emerging Urban Leaders Scholarships for students from targeted urban areas, and other general scholarships.

Among the larger gifts to Purdue during the 2010-2011 fiscal year are:

* $10 million from an anonymous donor to the College of Engineering.

* $8.3 million from an anonymous donor for university initiatives.

* $6.3 million from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to the College of Health and Human Sciences.

* $6 million from an anonymous donor to the colleges of Education and Engineering.

* $4 million from an anonymous donor to the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

* $3 million gifts from the Regenstrief Foundation for university initiatives and Gary D. and Susan K. Dernlan to the College of Engineering.

* $2 million gifts from Roland G. and Jewel K. Parrish and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, both to Purdue Libraries, and from an anonymous donor to the College of Engineering.

* $1.9 million from Maddie's Fund to the School of Veterinary Medicine.

* $1.6 million from Steel Dynamics Foundation to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

*$1.5 million gifts from Phyllis J. Ciez to the School of Veterinary Medicine; Archer Daniels Midland Co. to the College of Agriculture; Howard Hughes Medical Institute to the College of Science; Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation for university initiatives; Richard H. Couch to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Geoffrey T. and Kelly Lanpheer Crowley to the College of Engineering; and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the College of Liberal Arts.

* $1.2 million gifts from Steven A. and Linda M. Webster to Krannert School of Management and John M. Drabelle Jr. to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* $1.1 million gifts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the College of Agriculture, Warren R. Sedlacek to the College of Engineering, and Ruth Katherine Kern to the School of Mechanical Engineering.

*$1 million gifts from The Grainger Foundation to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Allen H. and Deborah J. Alley to the School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Health and Human Sciences; Marilee and Paul A. Williams to the School of Veterinary Medicine and College of Health and Human Sciences; Charles D. and Nancy G. Davidson to the School of Chemical Engineering; the Edward D. and Ione B. Auer Foundation to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation to the Krannert School of Management; Barry R. Barkley to Purdue Libraries; and Donald N. Heirman to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Housing and Food Services.

Writer:   Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbausitn@purdue.edu  

Sources:   France A. Córdova, president@purdue.edu  

                    Lisa Calvert, 765-494-1704, lcalvert@purdue.edu