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Thomas J. Mitchell, ISU Foundation, (515) 294-4077
John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6136


AMES, Iowa -- Spurred by a record-breaking number of $1 million- plus gifts, the ISU Foundation has exceeded $100 million in private gifts for the second year in a row.

In the 12-month period ending June 30, 1998, private support reached $103,533,618. The figure includes all gifts received, new pledges and deferred commitments. The previous high, reached last year, was $100,083,453.

"A second $100 million year in a row speaks to the commitment our alumni, friends, faculty and staff have to Iowa State University," said President Martin Jischke. "This extraordinary support has played a role in every major achievement of this university."

Two other fund-raising records fell during the year. Total receipts -- the funds available for immediate use or investment -- grew from $35.7 million last year to $59 million. Total donors reached 49,918, up from the 48,599 who contributed the previous year.

John Dasher, Ames businessman and chair of the Foundation board of directors, said these records set the pace for "what we hope will be another extraordinary year in fundraising for Iowa State."

A key factor to the year's success was the record number of individuals, corporations, and foundations providing support that totaled $1 million or more during the year. Twenty-one donors made one or more gifts that put their individual total giving over $1 million. Gifts included:

The significance of private gifts in advancing the university's strategic plan speaks to the ISU Foundation's mission, to secure and manage gifts on behalf of Iowa State, and its vision, to become the best land-grant university foundation in the nation, said Tom Mitchell, president, ISU Foundation.

"Our success last year was prompted by the largest gift in ISU history, a $34 million gift to the College of Agriculture," Mitchell said. "Gifts like that happen very infrequently, so in setting our goal for this year, we didn't expect to repeat another $100 million year. During the third quarter of the fiscal year, we realized we were rapidly closing on our $90 million goal. We started to believe that with a very focused, targeted effort, that we might reach $100 million again."

Leadership and major gifts were significant factors but another contributor was an annual giving program that continues to set new records, said Mitchell.

"Through our telemarketing, we reached 86,787 donors whose average gift increased by $5 to $150. Giving to the Greater University Fund for Excellence also reached a new high, increasing 9 percent to more than $1.1 million."


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