New York City – The State
University of New York Board of Trustees today commended the system’s 64
campuses on fundraising efforts and philanthropic support received over the
past year, and called on campuses to re-double their efforts in the 2012-13 academic
“Philanthropic support for
higher education is a time honored tradition and a key component to financial
stability and growth, as private investment provides campuses with a margin of excellence,”
said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “The SUNY campuses have garnered a great
deal of support for their individual missions and infrastructures, and those
efforts are to be commended.”
“Campuses that are engaged in
proactive and deliberate philanthropic efforts generate more room for economic
growth, and these activities serve as excellent community-building platforms
that encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to rally behind a
campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of the
campuses on a successful year of fundraising and thank you to the many donors
and volunteers who have supported SUNY.”
philanthropic highlights at SUNY include:
- SUNY Brockport
this week received the largest gift in the school’s history – a $2 million
anonymous donation that will be used to support student scholarships.
- Xerox Foundation pledged an
initial gift of $350,000 to the Monroe
Community College Foundation to attract more students to STEM
disciplines, expand educational opportunities, and establish new
scholarships at MCC.
- A gift in excess of $1
million from Kathryn (Kofoed) '54 and Donald Lougheed has established an
endowed fund at SUNY Potsdam to
support the annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts in perpetuity.
Brook University received a $150 million gift from Dr. James and Dr.
Marilyn Simons to support the campus’ NYSUNY 2020 plan and a new Medical
and Research Translation (MART) facility on campus.
Community College received a $1.5 million gift for its Single Stop USA
program, which offers public benefits screening and application
assistance, health insurance enrollment, tax return preparation, financial
counseling, and legal services.
Chancellor Zimpher added,
“These gifts and the many others presented to SUNY campuses throughout New York
are deeply appreciated and will help our campuses to realize their highest
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