By University Communications
DENVER and AURORA, Colo. - Donor support for the University of Colorado Denver hit an all-time high in fiscal year 2013, while the Anschutz Medical Campus led all campuses in the University of Colorado system with $54 million in donations.
A record $128.8 million was contributed to the University of Colorado Foundation. Overall, the University of Colorado raised an all-time mark of $258.8 million in private support, up 13 percent from the prior record in 2012.
CU Denver nearly doubled its goal for 2013 by raising $15.5 million. "That's the most raised on the Denver campus in private philanthropy by about $3 million," said Matt Wasserman, vice chancellor of development for the CU Denver campus. "The previous highest amount was last year, when $13.1 million was raised."
Cheryl Kisling, vice chancellor of development at the Anschutz Medical Campus, said the campus finished fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, at just over $54 million. "In the year ahead, our goal is to exceed that record as we develop a business model that supports our longer-term goal of a sustainable fundraising program of at least $100 million annually."
Kisling and Wasserman said Don Elliman, chancellor, and Lilly Marks, executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus and CU's vice president for health affairs, have brought a sharper focus to fundraising activities and recognize the increasing importance of private philanthropy.
Kisling added, "The faculty at the Anschutz Medical Campus are very talented and because of the superior research and patient care they provide, donors are responding with enormous generosity."
Wasserman noted that CU Denver's faculty research and academic programs likewise continue to gain prominence in the Denver community and beyond. "Our faculty, staff and deans are very engaged," he said. "We have made a strong case for support and delivered a vision of how the campus positively impacts the city."
The Business School raised a record $12.1 million in the fiscal year, including a $10 million gift from furniture magnate Jake Jabs. The donation, the largest gift in CU Denver history, will go toward the entrepreneurship program.
"We're working with donors and identifying their passions, as in the case of Jake Jabs," Wasserman said. "When you align those passions with what we're doing as a university we're achieving great things."
Read the CU Foundation's full release about the record-breaking fundraising fiscal year of 2013 here.