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“State of Minds” campaign fundraises more than $1.2 billion for WVU

Created on:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   11:55 AM

Last modified:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   11:55 AM

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The largest private fundraising campaign in WVU history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the university.

Alumni and friends of WVU contributed $1,218,886,505 to the “State of Minds” campaign, which ended Dec. 31, WVU President Gordon Gee announced during his recent State of the University Address at Erickson Alumni Center.

That amount is more than $200 million over the campaign’s $1 billion goal.

“These incredible numbers show that people believe in West Virginia University’s power to fuel change,” Gee said. “People understand that we are creating opportunities, changing lives and moving West Virginia forward. With their generous support, more than 90,000 donors have chosen to invest in a better future.”

Campaign donations established 844 student scholarships, 57 chairs and professorships, and 227 funds to assist research efforts.

The campaign was launched publicly June 2, 2012, with an original goal of $750 million and a deadline of December 2015. That goal was shattered in the summer of 2014, and the campaign was extended to December 2017 with a new goal of $1 billion. Donations exceeded the $1 billion mark in summer 2016. At that time, it put WVU on a list with only 36 other four-year public universities across the country to have successfully raised more than $1 billion.