“The Carolina's Promise campaign may be at an end, but our momentum is continuing to build. Today, we are experiencing one of the most exciting and productive eras in our university's modern history.”
Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina President View Full Letter

Dear Friends,

It's time to celebrate and give thanks to our 136,850 donors who generously supported Carolina's Promise, USC's historic capital campaign. Thank you!

Eight years ago, during a period when higher education and the nation faced tough financial times, we launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the state's history. By June 30, 2015, we exceeded our $1 billion goal.

Together, we have accomplished something that very few universities nationwide have ever done. I am so appreciative of the leadership of our campaign chairman, David Seaton, our tireless development team and the substantial support from each of you. Because of you, there will be new scholarships, new research, new academic programs and new facilities for our students and faculty.

The Carolina's Promise campaign may be at an end, but our momentum is continuing to build. Today, we are experiencing one of the most exciting and productive eras in our university's modern history.

From all of us, our deepest thanks,

— Harris Pastides

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my part in helping to shape Carolina's future. But even though the campaign is over, the work of our great university continues — and at an accelerated pace.”
David Seaton, Campaign ChairView Full Letter

Dear Friends of Carolina,

Thank you. Your gifts have made this very special university even more special. We set a historic goal of $1 billion, and we made it with room to spare. We are keeping Carolina's Promise — thanks to you!

My role as chairman of the Carolina's Promise campaign was to steer the ship that was sailing along nicely, thanks to the generosity of our donors, the hard work of our Office of Development team and the leadership of our president, Harris Pastides. He invited me to accept this role in spite of the fact that my only involvement with the university until that point was as a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association. But I accepted because he convinced me that my alma mater was on the move and that I would not want to miss the ride. He was right.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my part in helping to shape Carolina's future. But even though the campaign is over, the work of our great university continues — and at an accelerated pace. That is why now, even as we celebrate our success, we must press forward to meet the demands that come with being in a higher league of play. It is the end of the beginning, a time for the University of South Carolina to move into its next phase, a time for us all to ask, “What's next?”

Please continue to support Carolina. This is our time.

— David Seaton, campaign chair

Donors by Type: Every part of the Carolina family contributed to the campaign. Whether a student, a graduate now in their 80s or a friend of the university who never studied here, our donors made a tremendous impact.

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  • 60,353 alumni donated $345,465,510
  • 2,499 faculty and staff donated $7,106,199
  • 19,367 parents donated $30,930,924
  • 4,161 students donated $285,975
  • 41,135 non-alumni donated $170,744,785
  • 7,412 companies donated $309,035,828
  • 487 foundations donated $144,247,821
  • 1,436 other organizations donated $35,448,689
Donor counts are unduplicated. Each donor is categorized into one of the above classifications, with alumni being first in the hierarchy.
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Sharon DeWitte holding a skull

A $10 million gift by Peter and Bonnie McCausland supports, among other initiatives, the McCausland Faculty Fellows Program, which identifies outstanding faculty members who have earned their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years.

“This summer, my McCausland fellowship enabled me to visit the Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy). I gave a talk to a group of energetic, enthusiastic students and saw firsthand a great opportunity I can recommend to my undergraduate and graduate students.” Sharon DeWitte, associate professor in anthropology, studying the 14th-century pandemic called the Black Death
“We are honored that the University of South Carolina has chosen to establish a McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise. The university has a rich history of preparing young people for success. Now, USC students will gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the imagination, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that embodies and drives the American economy and which stands ready to solve so many of our nation’s economic and political challenges.” Bob McNair, in a joint statement with his wife, Janice
Headshot of Bob McNair

University alumnus and longtime benefactor Robert McNair, through a gift of $8 million, established a multidisciplinary center to encourage the study of business and job creation, entrepreneurial activity and collaboration with other McNair institutes nationwide.

56.73% of campaign funding was contributed by 134 donors giving $1 million or more.

“We hope to make a major impact on the pharmacy profession and how it is practiced today. We feel that pharmacy, governed by new health care laws, is a changing industry. It is paramount to be at the front of this change. ... More innovation and a broader curriculum will set the university's pharmacy school apart.” Joint statement from Bill and Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceuticals
Bill and Lou Kennedy
Ronald McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research

Leadership gifts from Anita Zucker, Darla Moore and Marva Smalls prepared the university's Ronald McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research to negotiate and forge partnerships with major aerospace industry leaders such as Boeing, which recently announced plans to conduct advanced research projects that could deliver the next generation of aerospace technology.

“This partnership with the university will help ensure Boeing can incorporate innovative technologies that will make our products even more capable, our workplaces even more productive and our company even stronger. And as our company is strengthened, we become better able to deliver for our customers, our employees, our stakeholders and our communities, including South Carolina.” John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer

Annual Totals: As the campaign progressed, more and more donors stepped up to make a difference, providing ever-expanding resources for Carolina to continue its rise as an outstanding research university.

  • 2007-08: $106.2 million, first time more than $100 million in university history
  • 2014-15: $180.7 million, record giving in final year of campaign
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“The promise I make to our student-athletes is that we will have the resources available for them to succeed intellectually, athletically, socially and culturally. Facility enhancement is a major component of this emphasis. The breadth of services that we provide in the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center allows our student-athletes to compete to be great in all of these areas.” Ray Tanner, athletics director
Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center

C. Edward Floyd, clinical professor of surgery and chairman emeritus of the university's Board of Trustees, committed $1 million to the new Alumni Center and has been honored by having the board room named for him.

“For Kay and for me, giving to this university we love is an honor and a privilege. After too many years, our alumni will have a permanent home, as will our Board of Trustees. Being allowed to help bring life and reality to this long-held dream is, at once, exciting and deeply rewarding.” C. Edward Floyd

Donors by Location: Donors from the Midlands and halfway around the world contributed to make Carolina's Promise a rousing success. While USC educates more South Carolinians than any other university, our reach extends well beyond our state's borders.

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89,417 donors from South Carolina gave $604,595,686.

47,433 donors from outside of South Carolina gave $438,670,044.

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Bolstered by a gift of $5 million by Spartanburg native and businessman George Dean Johnson, USC Upstate's new home for its College of Business and Economics features a stock-trading lab, a computer lab, high-tech classrooms and a gallery space for more than 600 pieces of art from The Johnson Collection.

“This is an investment in the University of South Carolina Upstate and in the Johnson College of Business and Economics, but more importantly, it is an investment in the community — one that I hope will give people's children and grandchildren a place to live, work and prosper.” George Dean Johnson

A $300,000 gift by longtime Gamecock fans Morris and Sheila Cregger established the Aleighsa Welch Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support a basketball scholarship for a worthy recipient.

“Aleighsa was a very special person and a dedicated athlete. On our way back from the Final Four, I said to Sheila that we needed to do something to recognize her and all she has meant to the university and the women's basketball program. She was completely unselfish and played for the team, which gained her the respect and love of her teammates on and off the court.” Morris Cregger
Aleighsa Welch playing basketball

M. Craig Ward and his wife, Melissa, own and reside in one of the Lowcountry's most historic homes, known locally as the Governor Jeffries House, and have arranged to donate it to the university as a bequest. The gift will serve USC Salkehatchie as the future home for the campus dean, a retreat for university functions and an administrative and teaching facility for the Walterboro campus. Their gift agreement stipulates their desire to protect the property from future development.

“Craig and Melissa Ward have been passionate in their support for USC Salkehatchie. They understand and appreciate our value firsthand as parents and medical professionals, and they wanted to be an integral part in helping our campus grow and continue to serve. We are grateful for their tremendous generosity in leaving one of their most cherished possessions, their beautiful home, to our university campus.” Ann Carmichael, USC Salkehatchie dean
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Endowed Gifts: Creating ongoing sources of funding for scholarships, research and other intellectual pursuits is essential to the success of a top-tier university. Endowed gifts provide a stable source of funding for these and other opportunities for years to come.

  • Student Support: $127 million
  • Faculty Support: $46 million
  • Program Enhancements: $61 million
  • Total Unrestricted: $14 million

$108 Million Gifts Received
$140 Million Outstanding Pledges
$248 Million Systemwide Total of Campaign Funds to the Endowment

USC students, professors and researchers alike will benefit for years to come from a gift from the collection of Graham Arader. The gift brings together 15,000 works of art spanning the 16th to 19th centuries. Natural history watercolors, woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, chromolithographs and maps are all featured in this donation.

“Walk through almost any academic building on campus and you will see the tremendous impact of the Arader gift. His natural history prints, which are the perfect marriage of science and history, are meant to be accessible and not hidden away on a shelf.” Tom McNally, dean of University Libraries

Carolina's Promise gifts to the Gamecock Guarantee Program totaled more than $2.3 million, allowing qualified, deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to attend Carolina that otherwise would not be available to them.

“When I found the letter saying I had gotten the scholarship, I wasn't sure what it meant. And then it dawned on me that they were giving me a scholarship, and it covered all expenses. I got down on my knees and prayed right then and there. I will never forget that.” Jaime Ortega, student

Donations to the Center for Colon Cancer Research by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and CVS Caremark totaled nearly $300,000.

“The generous support provided by these organizations has markedly strengthened basic research on colorectal cancer here at USC and has driven the implementation of community outreach programs aimed at screening for, and preventing, the disease all across South Carolina.” Frank Berger, director of the Center for Colon Cancer Research