Giving to Purdue sets new records as university raises the most money in its history

July 17, 2015  

Giving to Purdue

Giving to Purdue reaches record highs. More than 76,000 donors gave $343.4 million, an all-time high for total dollars raised in one year. (Purdue University image)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than 76,000 Purdue University alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends – including a record 18,596 first-time donors – made 2014-2015 a record year, giving an all-time high $343.4 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The announcement, made Friday (July 17) at the university’s Board of Trustees’ meeting, marks the 14th consecutive year giving to Purdue has exceeded $200 million. Total dollars raised are up $108 million over last year, a 46 percent increase.

“The momentum we’re seeing in giving to Purdue is highly encouraging,” Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said. “These numbers affirm our belief that our alumni and friends are eager to support a university committed to proving its value while ensuring the cost of a world-class, Purdue education remains within reach for students of all income levels.”

Dollars raised for student support also hit an all-time high of $67.7 million, an increase of $13 million over the previous year. Gifts include cash, real estate, gifts-in-kind, deferred gifts and new pledges.

The records Purdue donors set this year include:

* Total dollars raised: $343.4 million

* Number of first-time donors: 18,596

* Number of gifts of $1 million or more: 54

* Dollars raised for student support: $67.7 million

* Largest single cash donation: $40 million from Lilly Endowment Inc.

* Biggest single-day fundraising campaign in higher education: $13.7 million from the Purdue Day of Giving

“We are ever grateful to our alumni and friends,” said Amy Noah, Purdue vice president for development. “These records reflect the pride and passion people feel toward Purdue – and those feelings are growing stronger.”

The total number of donors to Purdue is up 16 percent over last year after growing by 12 percent from the year prior. Donors from 58 countries gave to Purdue in 2014-15. The class of 1972 donated the most money and had the most donors. More than 350 graduates from the class of 2015 have already donated to Purdue.

“Without you, without your love for Purdue, without your passion for us and our education, we would not have the experience that we’ve had, and we are so incredibly grateful,” said Purdue alumnus Ryan Straut, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics technology.

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Writer: Charlie Henry, 765-496-2644,

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