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Darla Moore (center) with business school dean Hildy Teegen (left) and university president Harris Pastides
Darla Moore (center), with business school dean Hildy Teegen (left) and university president Harris Pastides.

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“As the world of business continues to change and evolve as never before, we must work with our alumni, friends and corporate partners in new and different ways,” she said. “What the university has been able to do to achieve this goal through interdisciplinary gifts, corporate gifts-in-kind for new technology and curricular development, planned giving and individual support is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Teegen said the school teamed up with other schools and colleges on campus to secure gifts for interdisciplinary initiatives, including education, engineering, hospitality, retail and sport management and arts and sciences. One such gift came in the form of geographic information system (GIS) software from IAVO Research and Scientific Inc., whose donation included $2.5 million earmarked for the Moore school to develop programs on sustainability and economic development in business education.

“The complexity of business today requires that we look past traditional boundaries,” Teegen said. “The Darla Moore school is emerging as a leader in understanding the interplay of business, government and civil society and in working with colleagues in other fields to develop solutions for the marketplace that address complex and compelling needs throughout the world. We want to institutionalize that holistic philosophy into our culture at the Darla Moore school and work with donors to create new programs and joint initiatives with other schools across the university.”

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The Darla Moore School of Business Match

  • The average gift more than doubled in size, increasing from slightly over $2,000/gift in 1999-2004 to well over $5,000/gift in 2004-2009.
  • The number of donors making gifts over $250,000 grew more than threefold from the pre-match to post-match period.
  • Overall giving in 1999-2004 totaled $12.7 million. Since the challenge, giving has more than tripled.

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