Alumni and Friends of the University of Georgia returned the UGA at an unprecedented rate in the past fiscal year, breaking the university’s record fundraising with over $257.4 million in donations.
“It has been an exceptional year for our university, and the generous contributions of UGA alumni and friends have been a significant factor in our success,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “I sincerely thank the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees and each individual donor for helping our students achieve their dreams, supporting our faculty to advance their teaching and scholarship, and expanding our public services and outreach programs that strengthen and expand communities economic development.”
The record sum came from 71,302 donors. For five of the last six years, UGA’s annual fundraising total has exceeded $200 million, and the university’s three-year rolling average, which represents the average of the three most recent years of donations, was $22,212.5 million for fiscal year 22.
“The remarkable generosity of UGA donors exemplifies the strong and distinctive philanthropic culture across the UGA community,” said Neal Quirk, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UGA Foundation. “This record year will benefit our students, our campus and our state long into the future, and our trustees are extremely grateful to all of the donors who made this possible.”
In total, the donors created 116 scholarship funds and 18 endowed faculty positions, bringing the university’s total to 340 endowed faculty positions.
Private donations to the university have resulted in significant progress in all areas of campus, including several marquee and priority projects.
- The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation committed $15 million for the $30 million renovation of the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, the historic building on north campus named after Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first black students the UGA. The project will include a number of improvements that will significantly improve functionality while restoring historical features to the building and honoring Holmes and Hunter-Gault.
- Following a transformational gift of over $3.5 million from the estate of M. Louise McBee, UGA honored the former state administrator and legislature by naming the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education. The donation – the largest in the Institute’s nearly 60-year history – will benefit the Louise McBee Distinguished Professorship in Higher Education and the Louise McBee Lecture in Higher Education, creating an endowment that provides broad support to the Institute.
- The $54.1 million Poultry Science Building project has strong support from industry, alumni and other donors. Donations to the project in July exceeded $10 million – a significant advance towards the private funding goal of $27 million. The state-of-the-art facility, which is expected to be completed in autumn 2023, will train future generations of leaders in one of Georgia’s most important industries.
- The successful Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program continued to attract donors and expand support for students with financial difficulties. In August, the UGA Foundation provided an additional $1 million in Matching Funds — a popular component of the program that allows donors to instantly double their impact. Those funds quickly cleared, and today the program is responsible for more than 650 grants and nearly $100 million in pledges of need-based assistance.
Donors also made a significant contribution on March 31, Georgia Giving Day, when UGA supporters gave the university 9,339 gifts in a 24-hour period, far exceeding the original daily goal of 1,785 gifts. Georgia Giving Day gifts totaled $5.3 million, with donations received from each of UGA’s 18 schools and colleges. Donors – including over 600 students – came from 130 counties in Georgia, all 50 states and 16 countries.
“More donors gave to the University of Georgia this year than ever before. All of our metrics indicate that Bulldogs’ commitment to giving back is not only sustainable, but is being strengthened,” said Kelly Kerner, UGA vice president of development and alumni relations. “I don’t know if there has ever been a better time to be a Georgia bulldog than the last 12 months.”
This is a press release from UGA – by Clarke Schwabe