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University of Iowa announces largest campaign in state history; $ 1.7 billion


The University Of Iowa Thursday announced the largest fundraising campaign in state history.

For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa, will try to raise $1.7 billion in private donations by December of 2016. 

$1.025 billion of the goal has already been raised. The University formally announced the campaign Thursday afternoon at Old Capitol in Iowa City.

University of Iowa President, Sally Mason, told supporters, "The University of Iowa's strengths are precisely aligned with some of the most urgent challenges we face as a global society, and with the additional resources that For Iowa. Forever More. will make available, the UI can develop new ways to bring its creativity and expertise to the world,"

The new campaign has been quietly securing numerous major gifts, including a $32 million donation from Mary and John Pappajohn and $25 million from the Fraternal Order of Eagles. A gift of $14 million is coming from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

Lynette Marshall, President and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation, notes, "It is an exciting moment to publicly announce the campaign with this tremendous amount of momentum, which has been built to date through contributions from alumni and friends."

The University's last comprehensive campaign came in 1999. That campaign,  headed by the late Michael New, raised a record $1 billion between 1999 and 2005. More than 116-thousand individuals made contributions during that 8-year campaign.   

The new, For Iowa. Forever More, campaign, will be even more aggressive, says Foundation President and CEO, Lynette Marshall. "Through the public phase of For Iowa. Forever More., we look forward to connecting thousands more generous donors with tens of thousands of students, countless programs, and numerous life-changing educational discoveries at the University of Iowa," Marshall said.

President Mason added, "The University's resiliency and adaptability in the face of adversity, including a devastating flood and worldwide economic crisis, have played a crucial role in refining our vision for the coming decades."

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