City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today, at the first ever SUNY Campus
Foundation Summit held at the SUNY Global Center, announced the successful end
of a multi-year University-wide fundraising campaign known as the “$3 Billion
marks an exciting milestone for the State University of New York,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “The completion of the ‘$3 Billion Challenge’ is testament
to our strength as the nation's largest system of higher education. Our campus
foundations will be key to achieving the goals set out in our strategic plan, The
Power of SUNY: to revitalize New York's economy and enhance the quality of
life for its citizens."
Foundation Summit serves as a convener for over 100 internal and external
stakeholders including campus presidents, chief advancement officers and campus
foundation members from across the SUNY system. The Summit provided for a
candid and creative discussion about the future of the University, national
best practices for public college foundations, and the role that philanthropy
will play in advancing The Power of SUNY, the University’s bold vision
for the next five years and beyond.
the Summit was a panel of prominent philanthropists discussing their views of
the impact philanthropy can have on public higher education. The panel included
James Simons of the Stony Brook Foundation and Emily
Grant, chair of the Purchase College Foundation.
presented at the Summit was a call for collaboration for SUNY’s advocacy
agenda, and discussion on how to best engage alumni and student supporters.
we must capture our most powerful audience,” said SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor
and Chief Operating Officer Monica Rimai. “With half a million students
currently enrolled and 2.4 million alumni, most of which still live right here
in New York, it is critical that we use their reach and diversity to get our
message across to decisions makers.”
the day, a meeting of the campus chief advancement officers took place, also at
the SUNY Global Center. The group, known as “SUNY Advance,” discussed, among
other things, the implementation of The Power of SUNY, alumni data
collection, and the reporting of metrics.
“We must be
the links in this network of supporters,” Fardin Sanai, vice president for
advancement at the University at Albany and chair of SUNY Advance told the
crowd. “There is no limit to our reach when we realize the possibilities of what
we can do as a system – and we need to strengthen those working relationships
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