University of Virginia Darden School of Business today
announced strong fundraising results for its fiscal year, which ended 30 June.
Alumni, friends, corporations and foundations committed $24.8 million in gifts
and pledges to support the School's strategic priorities, making fiscal year
2012 the best year in the current capital campaign, which began in 2004. The
result represents a two-year increase of 126 percent.
Annual Fund, a critical component of Darden's fundraising efforts, enjoyed
its second consecutive year of record giving. Unrestricted cash contributions to
the fund totaled $4.26 million - far surpassing the $4 million aspirational goal
and the previous record of $3.5 million set in 2011. The unprecedented level of
annual giving represents a two-year increase of 39 percent and a 10-year
increase of more than 200 percent.
Darden alumni have one of the top five
highest giving participation rates among the world's leading business schools.
Forty-two percent of Darden alumni made a gift to the School in fiscal year
2012, with 41 percent of alumni contributing to the Annual Fund. Seventeen
alumni classes - two more than last year - achieved at least 50 percent
participation in the fund.
The fund, which fuels approximately 5 percent
of the operating expenses of the Darden Enterprise, is a vital source of
momentum for important priorities that are having a transformational impact on
Students and faculty also gave back in high numbers:
- 87 percent of faculty made a gift to the School, the third consecutive
year of comparable faculty giving participation
- 100 percent of the MBA
for Executives Class of 2012 and 99 percent of the MBA Class of 2012 took part
in their class gifts - with both enjoying record-breaking totals ($50,834 and
"In the challenging and fast-changing field
of graduate business education, institutions able to reach financial
sustainability through the generosity of highly devoted alumni and corporate
partners will emerge as leaders," said Darden's Dean Robert F. Bruner. "At
Darden, we have always enjoyed a loyal and tight-knit community. Now, more than
ever, I am heartened by the way Darden stalwarts are stepping up - with not only
their treasure but also their talent and time - to guarantee the School's
long-term impact and eminence on the global stage."
"As a self-sufficient
unit of U.Va., the Darden School depends in large part on private funds to
support its goals and priorities," said Trip Davis, president of the Darden
School Foundation and senior associate dean for external relations. "Darden's
philanthropic priorities include: student fellowships and financial aid; faculty
support and curriculum development; infrastructure, experience and technology;
and annual giving and unrestricted funds."
In fiscal 2012, Darden received
two dozen new, major commitments from donors toward these priorities.
Individuals and family foundations created fellowships to attract the most
talented students. The Stamps
Charitable Foundation partnered with Darden to provide 26 new, full
fellowships. Other donors offered financial aid support for students with
military and diverse international backgrounds, contributed to professorships,
supported the Center
for Asset Management, and expanded Darden's entrepreneurial presence through
the W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory and the Darden Business Incubator.
Corporations stepped up their support of Darden this year,
giving 12 percent of the School's total philanthropic contributions through
sponsorships and major gifts. Corporate giving, a major fundraising initiative
for Darden, increased ten-fold to $2.6 million in fiscal year 2012. More than 30
corporations participated in Darden's
Corporate Sponsors Program. Additional funds came through employee matching
gift programs. Major corporate support was directed toward the launch of a new
research Center of Excellence at Darden, the Initiative
for Business in Society (IBiS). To be guided by an advisory committee of
chief executives and highly regarded thought leaders, the center aims to be the
foremost global catalyst of thought, information and action on the role of
business in society. Other major corporate gifts enhanced the student experience
through direct support of student clubs and admissions recruiting events;
sponsorship of conferences such as the University of Virginia Investing Conference and the Jefferson
Innovation Summit; and support for case writing and research, which bolster
faculty and curriculum development.
"We are truly grateful to each of
Darden's donors, who displayed their confidence in and dedication to the Darden
School through philanthropy in fiscal year 2012, shattering records and setting
a strong example for the years to come," said Davis.
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