Purdue announces $2 billion fundraising campaign

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University has announced a $2.019 billion fundraising campaign.

President Mitch Daniels announced the “Ever True — The Campaign for Purdue University” Friday night.

The campaign will focus fundraising efforts across three priorities: Place Students First, Build on our Strengths, and Champion Research and Innovation.

Daniels hopes to raise the money by 2019, which is the same year as the university’s 150th anniversary.

The silent phase of the campaign started in 2012. Daniels said it’s been a time to see if the end goal was possible.

“We’ve had some record-breaking years, we’re very encouraged. The numbers of Purdue friends and alumni giving money has gone way up, and that gave us the signal that we could aim as high as $2 billion and more,” said Daniels.

Since 2012, the university has brought in $900 million from more than 83,000 donors.

The campaign’s $2.019 billion goal includes:

  • $400 million–$500 million for student support, including scholarships and graduate and professional student support, to ensure that Purdue remains affordable and accessible for a vibrant and talented student body.
  • $400 million–$500 million to fund a 50 percent increase in the number of endowed professorships, headships and deanships, including named positions for early-career faculty – additional support that promotes academic excellence and enhances the university’s affordability across the board.
  • $400 million–$500 million to launch the next great era in research excellence at Purdue to expand interdisciplinary research across the university, to further cancer research, and to increase Discovery Park’s impact and visibility as a preeminent research hub solving society’s grand challenges. A principal new feature of the university’s research enterprise will be the Pillars of Life Sciences initiative, focusing on neurosciences and immunology, inflammation and infectious diseases.
  • $300 million–$400 million to improve and better utilize Purdue’s physical infrastructure through renovations, as in the College of Engineering, and new facilities, such as the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, the Ag and Life Sciences Building and the Honors College and Residences.
  • $300 million–$400 million in unrestricted funds over the course of the campaign, to be allocated where university needs are greatest.

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