September 24, 2001
sets records in 2000-01
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Emory received 31,854 gifts
totaling $297.8 million in contributions between Sept. 1, 2000, and Aug.
31 of this year. This amounts to 3,502 more gifts and some $205 million
more than last year.
Based on last years numbers, the nearly $300 million total should
certainly put Emory among the top 10 university fundraising efforts in
the country when figures are released later this fall. As Emory
reaches for its position among the very top echelon of the world's great
research universities, the need for the financial resources to support
its aspirations becomes ever clearer and greater, said Board of
Trustees Chair Ben Johnson. It's heartening to see the community
of support for the University and its highest aspirations grow and broaden
I take great pride in this increase in the number of gifts, especially
in this time of economic turmoil, said Bill Fox, senior vice president
of Institu-tional Advancement (IA). It indicates a strong belief
in what Emory is doing. People like to participate in excellence and see
their money well-spent and well-used. We have a good record of using money
as we said we would.
Fox should knowduring the past five years Emory has received more
than $1 billion in gifts, and in the 10 years he has been at the IA helm,
the University has received over $1.5 billion in gifts and pledges. That
figure places him among the elite of the higher education fundraising
chiefs whose efforts have resulted in more than a $1 billion for their
This is a moment in our history as a University when we should
all thank Bill Fox and his many hard-working and loyal colleagues who
have done such a fine job in recruiting support for our mission of superb
teaching and research, said President Bill Chace.
Fox himself is quick to point out its certainly not all his doing.
At no time in Emorys history have as many deans, faculty and
senior administrators been as fervently involved in fundraising as they
are today, and that is making a great difference in our efforts,
he said. IA coordinates the fundraising process, but no one can
tell the story of their school better than the deans. And we have a superb
This is the second-best fundraising year in our history,
Fox added. The total for this year has only been exceeded once,
and that was in 1997.
Fox said the $297.8 million represents actual dollars received by the
University during the fiscal year and does not include pledges and planned
gifts that will come to Emory over time. Included in this years
amount are gifts from the Whitehead Foundation, the Evans Foundation and
the Woodruff Foundation. Emory continues to benefit from the generosity
of Robert Woodruff and the foundations he and his family members established,
Among those making gifts were 28,230 individuals, up 12 percent from
The range and level of gifts show that it took many people to make
this banner year possible, said Fox. Of these donations, 19,781
came through the Annual Fund solicitation of alumni, parents and friends.
At $3.4 million, a record year, the Annual Fund is a small percentage
of the overall contributions, but those gifts are unrestricted to the
budget and given primarily by alumni.
Some notable gifts during the year include:
Andrew J. McKelvey made a $2 million initial gift on a $20 million
pledge to support lung disease research and transplant and to establish
a chair in lung transplantation.
The Marcus Foundation gave $2,833,334 on a $4.5 million pledge
to create a research fund for vascular diseases and to establish an endowed
faculty chair in vascular medicine.
Jane Fonda gave $2 million to establish The Jane Fonda Center
at Emory University to advance knowledge and training for healthy infancy,
childhood and adolescence.
The Avon Products Foundation gave $5.3 million for breast cancer
The Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride, organized by Pallotta Team-Works,
generated $1,172,395 for Emory to support research toward the development
of an AIDS vaccine.
The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust gave $500,000 on a $1.5
million pledge to support transplant tolerance research.
The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation gave $4.4 million toward a $7
million pledge to name the department of biomedical engineering.
Approximately 60 nursing alumni gave $200,000 to name the Alumni
Auditorium in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
A gift from Jack and Lynn Stahl for the Marian K. Heilbrun Music
and Media Library, named in honor of Mrs. Stahls mother.
The Ford Foundation made a $707,000 pledge to establish a fellowship
program in Islam and human rights at the law school.
An anonymous donor gave $650,000 to fund a fully endowed MBA scholarship
for Latino/Hispanic students.
Ida Boers, a former staff member of the Pitts Theology Library,
provided a gift of $1,000 to help make the art of 100 16th century European
woodcuts available to Internet users through a project of the Kessler
Reformation Collection at Pitts that involves digitizing woodcuts by artists
The John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Foundation provided a $120,000
grant over three years to the Health Care Ethics group at the Center for
Ethics for the project, Improving the Care of Children at the End
of Life. These funds allowed the Center for Ethics to partially
fund a pediatric ethics fellow to do research in this area, and to initiate
a statewide pediatric end-of-life care working group for health care workers
in the state of Georgia.
$2,283,000 for the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing
Arts, from alumni, parents and friends, corporations and foundations.
The drive to complete the funding for the performing arts center has attracted more first-time gifts (as well as more record-breaking gifts) than any previous campaign. Not counted in that figure is a notable future commitment: a $750,000 challenge grant Emory recently won from the Kresge Foundation, contingent upon the University raising the remaining $2.8 million for the center by the start of 2003.