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UNI's 7-year "Imagine the Impact" campaign exceeds $150M goal

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A seven-year college fundraising campaign that ended a year ahead of schedule still managed to exceed its goal by more than $7 million.

The University of Northern Iowa's "Imagine the Impact" campaign, which ended Dec. 31, 2012, brought in $157.8 million -- more than the University's stated goal of $150 million, according to UNI officials Tuesday.

"This is especially significant because the Imagine the Impact campaign, UNI's largest campaign in history, was launched during one of the most challenging economic times in our nation's history," said UNI President Ben Allen in a written statement. "The generosity of our alumni and friends is a reflection of their commitment to the university, and most importantly, to the success of our students."

The goal of the campaign was to raise funds for scholarships, faculty support and academic programs.

"The entire state is benefiting from the Imagine the Impact campaign," said Mark Oman, the campaign co-chairman. "The campaign has increased access to higher education, supported faculty research, improved Iowa's economic outlook and enhanced social and cultural opportunities for Iowans."

For more information, visit www.uni-foundation.org.

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