Northern Arizona University officially launched a major comprehensive fundraising campaign on Friday, setting a goal of $100 million by July 2016.
At a formal gala for donors, university leadership and students, NAU announced the public phase of its “Only at NAU” campaign. Over the next three years, the campaign will raise funds to support student scholarships, faculty development, teaching and research.
A “quiet phase” of fundraising that began in 2009 already has secured about $54 million in gifts and pledges toward the overall campaign goal. Meeting the $100 million goal will require support from donors dedicated to NAU’s mission and to preserving the NAU experience for future generations.
“NAU is going to raise $100 million partly because of its demonstrated success, and partly because of the promise of so much more,” said Mason Gerety, vice president for University Advancement.
The Only at NAU campaign has identified priorities that build upon its strengths as a student-centered educational institution. These priorities include growing scholarships and programs that promote student success, investing in and supporting faculty excellence, strengthening research opportunities for both students and faculty, and enhancing the athletics program and supporting student-athletes.
Specifically, the overall objective for the campaign is to allocate $60 million for student success initiatives; $20 million for research excellence; $10 million for program support; and $10 million for athletics.
“NAU is committed to an environment of living and learning that simply cannot be found elsewhere,” said NAU President John Haeger. “Preserving that environment will require tremendous resources, which means that the success of this comprehensive fundraising campaign is critical to our future.”
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