Campaign for Boston University

When BU announced two and a half years ago that it was launching its first comprehensive fundraising campaign and that its goal was $1 billion, it seemed University officials were shooting for the stars. Now BU is well on its way.

The Campaign for Boston University has already reached more than $842 million and is significantly ahead of schedule to meet its goal by 2017.

“I’ve been immensely gratified by the progress we’ve made towards our goal of raising $1 billion,” says President Robert A. Brown. “Alumni and friends have lots of choices about where they direct their charitable giving. That they are choosing to generously support Boston University reflects, I believe, the very real progress we are making as a community of students, faculty, and staff committed to excellence. It is a virtuous cycle, as the generosity of alumni and friends gives us the means to build even better programs and increase our quality and impact as a major private research university.”

The campaign, titled Choose to Be Great, has flourished through a healthy combination of generous gifts and grassroots support. Injections of goodwill and credibility at the campaign’s onset came from Board of Trustees members, who put up $178 million to launch the effort and now—with the Board of Overseers—have contributed more than $241 million. Many other major gifts have propelled the effort. And nearly 100,000 individual contributors, a third of alumni, have given to the campaign.

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