Donors Gave $75 Million In 1999-2000

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CLEMSON, SC -- Donors gave Clemson University $75.7 million
during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Two extraordinary
contributions of intellectual property propelled Clemson to
this unprecedented level of annual private support.

"The year we've just experienced in fund raising reflects
the commitment to excellence that drives everything Clemson
people do," said Jim Barker, Clemson president. "This is a
remarkable university supported by a remarkable family of
alumni, donors, faculty, staff and students."

It was also a year of remarkable contributions. Eastman
Chemical Company of Tennessee bestowed a gift of
intellectual property valued at $38 million. The donation of
research data and more than 100 patents related to fiber
absorbency amounted to the largest gift in the university's

Hoechst Research and Technology of New Jersey made a similar
gift -- $12 million in patents and intellectual property
related to cut-resistance technology for manmade fibers.

However, the extraordinary gifts raise a concern with
fund-raisers: possible donor complacency. The $75 million
may imply the five-year capital campaign will coast to its
$260 million goal by the June 2001 deadline. That is not the
case, said campaign officials. Fund-raising this year fell
slightly short of its $28 million target by approximately
$2.6 million.

"The patents and intellectual property are long-term
resources, which will yield financial benefits some years to
come," said Mendal Bouknight, Clemson's chief development

There were a number of "pluses" that offset the
disappointment from missing the mark.

"This year's total is a $2.5 million increase in cash and
stock over last year's total, which included more real
estate and in-kind contributions," said Bouknight.

Other 1999-2000 gift highlights include:

* a 1 percent increase over last year in gifts for student
aid, scholarship and fellowship programs. Donors gave
slightly more than $12 million, surpassing last year's $11.9

* a 26 percent increase -- $214,547 -- in gifts for the

* a 12 percent jump in the number of alumni making gifts.
The number rose from 13,036 in 1998-99 to 14,793 in

A report on private giving will be distributed to
the Clemson board of trustees Friday (July 14) in

The annual fund figures -- which do not include
support for contracted research or other sponsored programs
or contributions made directly to IPTAY, the university's
athletic fund-raising organization -- reflect actual gifts
received, not pledges to be paid out over several

Preliminary reports indicate IPTAY booster club will
surpass $10 million in giving and grow to more than 23,000
members, both new records. Final figures for athletics will
be ready in August.

"Our successes this past year set the
stage for the final year of our capital campaign," said

Purposes for Which Donors to Clemson University
and the Clemson University Foundation Made Gifts in

Student Aid, Scholarships & Fellowships - $12,075,737

Library - $ 214,548

Faculty Aid, Chairs & Professorships - $ 587,793

Departments/Colleges/Equipment - $ 9,508,755

Other/Multipurpose - $ 291,261

Unrestricted - $ 644,257

Facilities - $ 1,045,059

Research (does not include contracted research) - $ 51,364,500

TOTAL - $ 75,731,910

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