Forget about the numbers. Think about their impact. As the Campaign for Boston University concluded, gifts large and small, from more than 175,000 donors, top $1.85 billion, almost doubled the original target of $1 billion when the fundraising effort launched in 2012. Because of the campaign’s success, the University has been able to widen its margin of excellence—erecting new buildings, creating new interdisciplinary research efforts, remaking entire schools, and boosting financial aid with the goal of increasing student diversity and access to a world-class education.

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