Annual Giving Overview
Through our ambitious Strategic Growth Initiative and Ever True, the Campaign for Purdue, we are increasing our capacity for innovation, groundbreaking discoveries and inventions that deliver improved lives for all.
Last fall, we invited the Purdue Engineering family to join together for the Ever True campaign. With a University goal of $2.019 billion and a College goal of $700 million, Ever True is the largest fundraising effort in Purdue history. The campaign spans July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2019, concluding in the University’s 150th anniversary year.
As of this writing I am proud to share that we have raised nearly $440 million — or 63 percent of the College of Engineering’s campaign goal. As we pursue our College’s unique agenda for growth and impact, we are contributing to the University’s Purdue Moves goals for STEM leadership; world-changing research; transformative education; and affordability and accessibility for our students. And we are, once again, humbled by your generosity and eagerness to answer the call.
Some highlights of the campaign to date include a 25 percent increase in the total amount of engineering endowment dollars given — from $206.8 million at the start of Ever True and more than $258.5 million as of March 31, 2016. Our endowment funds provide an ongoing and lasting source of income for scholarships and provide a solid foundation for continued faculty recognition, retention and growth. You also have lifted the College to several new philanthropic records, including two consecutive years of giving more than $100 million. In fact, from the start of the Ever True campaign the annual funds raised have grown from $43 million at the close of 2013 to $148 million this past year. We have more than tripled our annual giving totals, thanks to you.
Lastly, in this final year of Leah Jamieson’s tenure as the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, it is with deep gratitude that we say “thank you” for the indelible mark that she is leaving on the College and its people. Leah’s selfless and inspirational guidance over the past 10 years has elevated our College’s reputation to that of a premier academic institution, with multiple schools and programs that will continue to have significant and lasting impact throughout the world. Our successful Strategic Growth Initiative and preeminent research teams are merely two examples of Dr. Jamieson’s remarkable intellect, passion and unmatched vision. We are indeed fortunate that she will continue to influence and embolden students, faculty and staff for years to come in her ongoing role as the Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Engineering Ever True Campaign Highlights
63% of Engineering Goal
25% Increase in Endowment Dollars
3 Times the Amount of Annual Giving