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Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose - Fact Sheet

What is a comprehensive fundraising campaign?

A comprehensive fundraising campaign addresses the broad needs and opportunities of the entire institution. Such campaigns are designed to feature high-priority university goals, with intensive fundraising efforts focused on their achievement.

When did the campaign begin and when will it end?

Iowa State officially began its campaign on July 1, 2003. The public launch was Oct. 19, 2007. The campaign is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 31, 2010.

What is the campaign's financial goal?

$800 million - an ambitious goal that far exceeds past university campaigns.

How much money has been raised to date during the campaign?

It is common for universities conducting a fundraising campaign to raise a significant portion of their goal prior to announcing the effort publicly. This helps launch the campaign with great momentum and encourage donors to support a successful effort. To date, the campaign has received $508 million in gifts and commitments, already surpassing the $458 million raised in the previous campaign.

What are the priorities for Campaign Iowa State?

Student Support -- $235 million

Tuition and debt load for students are rising each year. Currently, about 4,100 ISU students receive privately funded scholarships. Campaign Iowa State will increase scholarships to help support merit and need based students in all programs.

Faculty Support -- $215 million

Competition for the best scholars is intense. One of the most effective ways to attract and retain world-class faculty is to offer endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships. Campaign Iowa State seeks to double the number of endowed faculty positions from 75 to 150.

Program Support -- $195 million

Academic and out-of-classroom programs and campus organizations help serve ISU students and challenge the frontiers of knowledge. Campaign Iowa State will help enhance the student experience in many areas.

Facilities Support -- $155 million

State-of-the-art facilities help attract the best and brightest students and faculty and have a profound impact on their ability to excel. Campaign Iowa State will help fund major academic and athletics building and renovation projects.

How were the campaign priorities determined?

Iowa State faculty and staff helped determine the university's fundraising priorities by submitting their recommendations to ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. Priorities for Campaign Iowa State grew out of the university's strategic plan. President Geoffroy consulted with the university deans and other key leadership before making his final recommendations and setting the $800 million goal.

Who gives to the campaign and how much?

Almost 100,000 donors have already contributed to Campaign Iowa State. These benefactors include alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, corporations, foundations and organizations that all want to make an impact on the future of ISU. Gifts and commitments range from $25 to $1 million and above. Every single gift, no matter its amount, is important to the success of this campaign.

Where does the money go?

Donors are asked to make an investment in an area of their greatest interest - this could include a scholarship, an endowed faulty position, a favorite program, college need, the library, support for athletics, or the arts. There are more than 4,400 established funds already that receive private support, or a donor can choose to work with the university and foundation to initiate a new fund.

Why a campaign and why now?

Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose is an opportunity to celebrate our pride and help Iowa State fulfill its purpose to "create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place." The achievements of this campaign will transform Iowa State for many years to come. ISU has never been more poised to extend and expand what can only be considered a global impact.

Private support is vital to groundbreaking research and innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula. Philanthropy provides the extras that enrich the Iowa State experience - scholarships, study broad opportunities, lectureships, facilities, endowed faculty positions and more. While Iowa State must always rely on state support and tuition for its overall operation, there are many needs and opportunities that only private support can achieve.

How much did previous comprehensive fundraising campaigns raise?

  • 1988 - 1993: Partnership for Prominence raised $214.5 million
  • 1995 - 2000: Campaign Destiny raised 458.6 million