Celebrating 175 Years of Private Philanthropy

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Emory’s culture of philanthropy began when Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler donated $1 million and seventy-two acres of land, spurring the transformation of Emory College in Oxford, Georgia, into a new university in Atlanta.

From that first major investment, private gifts of all sizes have had a tremendous influence at Emory. In particular, Robert W. Woodruff—and after his death, his foundation—has provided transformational support, helping Emory advance in research, education, patient care, and community service.

Emory has been a careful steward and wise investor of these gifts and countless others from dedicated alumni and friends over the years. As Emory celebrates its 175th anniversary, the university offers new opportunities for donors to invest in its mission and vision.

“Each gift from Emory donors—generous alumni, parents, patients, and friends—truly makes a difference, strengthening the educational experience and driving discovery in every field,” says Susan Cruse, senior vice president for development and alumni relations.

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