Campus News

Private giving tops $100 million for eighth straight year

UGA raised more than $117 million in gifts and new commitments for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. It marked the eighth consecutive year that private giving to the university has topped $100 million and is a 14 percent increase over the 2012 fiscal year. The total includes gifts and pledges from 54,797 contributors. Of the total, $17 million was designated for scholarships.

The Georgia Fund annual giving campaign represented 10.8 percent of the total raised, with a record $12.77 million to support the university and its schools, colleges and units. Unrestricted giving was $1.3 million from 11,983 gifts. The average gift to the annual fund increased from $296 to $305.

Deferred gifts to the university increased by 30 percent, with $29.1 million to benefit 24 areas across campus, as well as the unrestricted Georgia Fund.

The UGA Athletic Association raised $28.1 million through the Hartman Fund, the Basketball Enhancement Fund, the Gymnastics Education Fund and premium suite seating plus an additional $5.6 million in new gifts and pledges.

Highlights of the 2013 fiscal year include:

• More than $19.7 million raised for the Business Learning Community for the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry ­College of Business;
• a $5 million bequest to establish a named distinguished chair in human behavior genetics;
• a $5 million gift to support the construction of the UGA Veterinary Medical Learning Center;
• a $1 million pledge to support upgrades in UGA’s baseball facility, Foley Field;
• a $3 million estate gift to support the UGA Libraries;
• $500,000 to support the Health Sciences Campus Building Fund, including restoration efforts for the Carnegie Library; and
• a $320,000 bequest to support student leadership development programs.