Success! Donors Contribute Nearly $1.7 Billion

During the course of a history-making, seven-year effort, Emory University has raised nearly $1.7 billion from alumni and friends to support teaching, research, scholarship, patient care, and social action. The success of Campaign Emory—the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the university’s history—is inspiring, says Emory President James W. Wagner.

“Emory’s many supporters have created a legacy, building a culture of philanthropy that will live on at Emory, keeping us moving forward for generations to come as we seek opportunities to make significant contributions to the world,” he says.

With leadership from volunteer campaign chair Sonny Deriso 68C 72L and Ben Johnson 65C, who chairs the Emory Board of Trustees, hundreds of volunteers donated their time and financial gifts to make the campaign successful, and nearly 150,000 donors invested in Emory despite a worldwide economic downturn. Their gifts are better equipping the university and its medical centers to serve the local and larger communities, strengthening teaching and research, transforming Emory’s physical and academic landscapes, and enhancing the student experience.

Among Emory’s top priorities are scholarships and other forms of student financial support, which enable the world’s best students to pursue an Emory education regardless of income. Campaign donors have invested in this effort, and fund-raising continues.

“As a result of judicious financial support, Emory’s student body better reflects the world outside our gates and, therefore, better serves that world,” Wagner says. “At Emory we can walk across the Quad and hear several different languages spoken. During Commencement we can hear blessings from five different world religions. With whom one studies adds enormous value to what one studies.”

By investing in endowed professorships, chairs, and other faculty support funds, Emory alumni and friends are making it possible for Emory to recruit and retain scholars who are among the most accomplished leaders in their fields. During Campaign Emory, donors have given more than $102 million in funding for faculty support across the disciplines.

Private investments also are strengthening Emory’s research programs in neurology, cancer, AIDS vaccine development, drug discovery, regenerative medicine, predictive health, and many other areas of medicine and science. Campaign gifts of more than $469 million are helping Emory scientists pursue ideas that have enormous potential but are too early in the research process to compete for dwindling federal dollars.

New and revitalized facilities funded through Campaign Emory can be found at the Rollins School of Public Health, Candler School of Theology, the Department of Psychology in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, the School of Medicine, the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory Healthcare, and Emory Athletics.

The new "Give to Emory" section of the Emory University website celebrates the success of Campaign Emory and explores the power of philanthropy to create positive change for individuals and communities worldwide.


THANKS TO OUR CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP

Campaign Volunteer Chair: Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso 68C 72L

Emory University Board of Trustees Chair: Ben Johnson 65C

Campaign Volunteer Cabinet:

Ellen A. Bailey 63C 87B, Chair, University Programs
Russell R. French 67C, Chair, Leadership Prospects Committee
M. Douglas Ivester, Chair, Health Sciences
Teresa M. Rivero 85OX 87B 93MPH, Chair, Alumni Engagement