University of South Carolina

University private giving reaches record $107.5 million

The University of South Carolina reached a record $107.5 million in private giving for the year ending June 30, thanks to the support of 46,469 donors.

The fundraising total -- up from the previous record of $106.2 million in 2007-08 – comes at a time when The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports a 6 percent drop in charitable giving to education in 2008.

University President Harris Pastides said the level of giving from the university’s alumni and friends is a measure of the esteem and loyalty that they hold for the institution and a realization of the support that is needed to help more students earn college degrees.

“I am especially gratified that, in the midst of this difficult economic downturn, the university’s friends supported our core mission of teaching, research and outreach on every campus,” he said. “This speaks volumes about the strong foundation we have to build upon for Carolina’s future.”

Among the gifts: $22.9 million for scholarships, assistantships and fellowships; $5.8 million for capital projects; $4.1 million in unrestricted gifts; $3.6 million from the university’s faculty and staff for the annual Family Fund; and $300,000 to support faculty through endowed professorships and chairs, as well as gifts for research and outreach programs.

Michelle Dodenhoff, interim vice president for University Advancement, said donors recognize and acknowledge the reach, relevance and impact that the University of South Carolina has on the state, nation and world.

“Although we had some concerns about raising funds in this very challenging economic climate, our generous donors realized how critical their support is to our students and faculty,” she said. “University alumni, friends, students, parents, businesses and private foundations rallied to enable us to reach this remarkable record.”

N.Y. lawyer Michael Bond, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1977, gave $250,000 to endow a Carolina Scholar award in honor of his parents William H. and Ruth C. Bond.

“This gift is a chance to give back by providing a blessing to others, my parents and highly deserving students,” he said.

More than 100 students are expected to enter the university this fall through the Gamecock Guarantee. In its second year, the program guarantees tuition for students who have the academic credentials to attend the university, but cannot afford a college education. Although the Southeastern Conference contract with ESPN and the university’s general scholarship fund support the Gamecock Guarantee, individual donors also contribute to the program.

“When Carolina makes a financial commitment to ensure that all students with academic promise can attend this great university, including those who face significant economic challenges, that is something I wholeheartedly support,” said donor Stacey Bradley, associate vice president for the Division of Student Affairs and Department of Academic Support.

Aspiring journalists will benefit from a $500,000 gift for the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Endowment Fund. Alumnus Ken Baldwin established the endowment to provide journalism students with studies to strengthen their understanding of business news.

The university’s fundraising efforts included a successful drive to exceed a fundraising challenge from benefactor Darla Moore, who announced a challenge gift of $45 million in 2004.

Among the gifts to The Darla Moore School of Business was a donation of geospatial software licenses, valued at $6.8 million, that will be shared by the business school and the geography department of the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift from Matthew Heric, who earned a master’s degree in geography in 1987, will enhance research opportunities for students and faculty.

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By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 08/07/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/21/09 @ 3:23 PM | Permalink