University celebrates launch of public phase of largest campaign in state’s history – $161.8 million of $225 million goal raised to date
The Vandal Marching Band, the University Chorus, the Jazz Band and a multi-media production created the celebratory atmosphere under the Kibbie Dome April 28 as hundreds of guests helped the University of Idaho launch the public phase of its $225 million fundraising campaign.
The kickoff of “Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho” attracted more than 850 donors, friends, university officials, alumni, faculty, staff and students from across the country.
They heard first-person stories of educational transformations – underscoring the campaign’s purpose: Attract investment capital to fund scholarships, faculty, academic programs and buildings.
Richard and Sharon Allen
Jeffry and Kristine Stoddard
Edward and Teri Ahrens
Tom Alberg and Judi Beck
Daniel and Anne Alsaker
Carl and Linden Berry
Robert and Janice Hale Cowan
Richard and Barbara Dahl
Carl and Kirby Dyess
Frances Tovey and Roy Ellsworth
William and Melissa Gilbert
James and Gail Hawkins
Laine and Claudia Meyer
Gary and Meryle Kay Michael
Bryan and Susan Norby
Thomas and Teita Reveley
John and Vikki Thornton
Dennis and Jacqueline Wheeler
The effort – the most ambitious ever in Idaho – will guarantee Idaho’s land-grant, research institution is positioned now and in the future to continue to offer internationally competitive education programs from the undergraduate up through the post-doctoral level, while simultaneously driving Idaho’s economic prosperity and addressing the most important issues of the day.
M. Duane Nellis, university president, said such philanthropic investments are critical if the university is to continue to offer superior and accessible higher education opportunities.
“We are positioning the University of Idaho for an unprecedented century ahead,” said Nellis. “Our first 123 years was just the beginning. To reach our next level of success requires substantial private investment.”
The initial, quiet phase of the campaign began in 2007. Since then, 28,403 donors have made gifts totaling $161.8 million, catapulting the campaign more than halfway to its goal. This early success shows the commitment Idaho alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends have to the University of Idaho and its critical role in educating future leaders, Nellis said.
Jeffry Stoddard, ’75 and ’76, University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. chairman and campaign co-chair, said: “We are more than halfway to our goal! What an exciting moment in this campaign. We still have much more to do, and together, we’ll support the mission and vision that will help inspire futures!
Stoddard, who along with his wife Kristine ’75 and Richard and Sharon Allen, both ’73, are national campaign co-chairs and served as emcees of the celebration.
The campaign will conclude in 2014, the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding.