CLEMSON - Private giving to Clemson University topped $38.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That total includes cash gifts to the Clemson University Foundation as well as the athletic department's WestZone campaign.
The foundation's total was $27.3 million, up from last year's $26.4 million.
"We're thrilled to surpass last year's total and exceed our fund-raising goals for this year," said Brian O'Rourke, Clemson's director of alumni affairs and development. "Our staff got out and made it happen."
In addition to the cash gifts Clemson received in 2004-05, the university raised $5.2 million in pledges and added $13 million to its inventory of planned gifts and bequests.
The percentage of alumni who gave to Clemson was also up from last year. Twenty-six percent of alumni gave to either the foundation or to IPTAY, compared to 25 percent last year.
"I am extremely pleased that the Clemson family is giving back to Clemson in such great numbers," said Neill Cameron, Clemson's vice president for advancement. "Alumni support always has been and continues to be so important for the success of this university. Without our alumni, Clemson cannot be the outstanding university that they want it to be."
"The fact that such a great number of alumni rallied for us to hit 26 percent shows the positive impact Clemson has had on its alumni," said O'Rourke. "This should place us within the top five among public universities for alumni giving."
The office of development and IPTAY raised $11.2 million for the WestZone campaign. The campaign goal is $28 million.
"We're very optimistic of the progress that the WestZone capital campaign has made this year and that we will raise the money we need to make this vision a reality," said senior associate athletic director Bill D'Andrea. "We are thankful for the generous support from the Clemson family, including some former student-athletes and many alumni."
Purposes for Which Donors to Clemson University
and the Clemson University Foundation Made Gifts in 2004-05
College Restricted $197,346.18
Building & Equipment $27,633.62
Unrestricted Endowment $50,541.43
Restricted Endowment $12,595,384.94
Trust/Deferred Gifts $928,010.28