Campaign Goal: $225 million
$261 M

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What is a capital campaign?

A capital campaign is an organized effort to raise private support within a specific time period for identified priorities of strategic importance.

Why do Universities conduct campaigns?

They are a proven method for making rapid, strategic progress in areas of critical importance. Campaigns authenticate the sense of urgency of the critical priorities that need financial assistance. Campaigns also provide an important platform to focus their messaging about the university’s vision and goals, and to raise its visibility. They are useful to galvanize, motivate and inspire the campus community, alumni and other supporters of the University in creating a culture of philanthropy so critical in the successes of the 21st Century research university.

What are the details of the University of Idaho’s Campaign?

Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho is a seven and a half year, $225 million comprehensive campaign. The campaign began July 1, 2007 and will end December 31, 2014. Note: 2014 is the 125th birthday of the University of Idaho.

What gifts are counted towards the Inspiring Futures campaign goal?

All gifts made between July 1, 2007 and December 31, 2014 will be counted towards the Inspiring Futures campaign goal.

Bequests, endowments, estates, one-time cash gifts, employee giving and employer matching gifts, as well as those made through our Vandal Connect calling center and online, regardless of size, are counted towards the campaign goal.

What are the University's most critical campaign priorities?

The campaign cornerstones, or funding priorities are students, faculty, facilities and program support:

  • Catalyzing Student Success - $54 Million
  • Leading Innovation and Discovery - $63 Million
  • Building a World-Class Learning Environment - $62 Million
  • Distinction and Impact through Enterprise Partnerships - $46 Million

Each college and unit has identified areas of need within these priority areas where investments can fuel their continued growth and success. These goals are based on the needs of the unit, AND the gift capacity of our generous donors. In other words, the size of a given goal is directly related to the number, and expressed interests of the donors in that pool.

Private gifts are typically designated by the donor to the areas of investment that match their interests. There are very few discretionary, unrestricted dollars.

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