AUBURN – Auburn University ended its “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign this spring by raising a record $608,862,727. By June of 2007, nine months ahead of schedule, the campaign had already passed its goal of raising half a billion dollars.
All colleges and schools and athletics exceeded their individual goals.
“This is the largest campaign in the university’s history, and the largest in the state’s history,” said Jay Gogue, Auburn University president. “I am proud of the Auburn family for making it such a huge success. Every gift, whether one dollar or one million dollars, shows the strong connection that our alumni, friends, staff and faculty feel for their university.”
Contributions were made by 75,664 donors, and the total represents pledges and deferred and outright gifts. Of the total donors, 50,114 were alumni, with the remainder consisting of corporations, foundations and friends of the university.
There were 117 gifts of $1 million or more totaling more than $286 million, or 47 percent of the campaign total. An additional 29 percent of the campaign’s gifts were from donations of $100,000 to $999,999.
Of the nearly $609 million contributed to the university throughout the campaign, $191 million went to student support, $36 million to faculty support, $72 million to facilities and $310 million to programmatic support. Endowed dollars account for 32 percent of the campaign’s total.
“The success of this campaign would not have been possible without the efforts of the faculty and staff, the development office, the deans of our colleges and schools, and the 653 volunteers who led the effort,” said Samuel Ginn, campaign co-chair and a member of the AU Board of Trustees. “Private funding must continue at even greater levels and Auburn University needs to build its endowment at an even stronger rate.”
Regional campaigns, the first of their kind for the university, were also a large part of the success of the larger campaign. A total of $64 million was raised among the 28 regional efforts across the country.
“The regional campaigns brought Auburn alumni and friends together from as far away as California and New York. The momentum they built for the university will continue for years to come,” said Campaign Co-chair Sally Jones Hill. “I want to thank everyone involved in this campaign from donors to all who worked so hard for its huge success. The students of today and all of those to come in the future will benefit greatly from their generosity.”
The public phase of the campaign began on Feb. 3, 2006.