UMSL receives award for superior fundraising

The University of Missouri–St. Louis has received a national award for its “superior fundraising” efforts over the last three years. UMSL is one of 34 colleges and universities out of more than 1,000 eligible institutions to be recognized for overall fundraising efforts by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE cited the university for its “overall improvement” since 2007 in the blind, data-driven judging.

“We want to thank St. Louis’ business and community leaders, our alumni, and friends for the extraordinary support they have provided in the face of challenging economic times,” said Martin Leifeld, vice chancellor for University Advancement.

In 2005, UMSL launched its Gateway for Greatness Campaign, a seven-year effort to raise $100 million. In the last three years, UMSL raised $60.5 million, more than double the $28.3 million raised in the preceding fiscal years. Last year’s total of $26.9 million broke the university’s record for the most money raised in a single year by some 54 percent.

“Our donors understand that a gift to UMSL helps to insure the future prosperity of the St. Louis region,” Leifeld said. “Nearly 60,000 UMSL alumni live and work here. They lead some of our largest corporations and institutions; they are teachers, accountants, chemists, eye doctors. And the generosity of our donors helped empower them to pursue and fulfill their dreams.”

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