Almost 24,000 alumni and friends gave $150 million to support the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

"For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa" concludes as the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the University and the state of Iowa
Monday, February 6, 2017

campaign logoOn February 6, 2017, the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation announced the successful conclusion of For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa. More than 270,000 UI alumni and friends—enough to fill Kinnick Stadium almost 4 times—contributed $1.975 billion, surpassing the $1.7 billion goal, to help the UI remain at the forefront of education, research, health care, and athletics.

Almost 24,000 donors contributed a total of $150 million to the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), surpassing the college's $140 million goal. Donors directed their gifts to funds and initiatives supporting students; faculty; research; centers and programs; and facilities.

The largest portion of campaign support for CLAS, almost $50 million, supported scholarships and fellowships for students. Less than 2% of the college's total campaign support was given by donors for discretionary use. About 50% of all campaign gifts to CLAS are deferred—such as bequests in wills and other types of estate gifts—with the remainder being given outright.

CLAS Dean Chaden Djalali hailed the results.

"This campaign has been a remarkable achievement that will resonate for generations among students, faculty, and staff in our college," said Djalali. "Our donors recognized the excellence of our programs and responded with extraordinary generosity. I want to thank all of our donors; our college's Campaign Committee co-chairs, Carl and Claire Field Stuart; and our development team at the UI Foundation for their dedication and hard work."

The campaign has benefited students, faculty, and programs throughout CLAS, including Luke Hanna. When Hanna transferred to the University of Iowa in the fall of 2015, he wanted to better understand the world around him. Hanna, a native of Swisher, Iowa, quickly got to work.

At the end of his first semester, Hanna traveled to Madurai, India, as part of a health care and entrepreneurship class taught by Bob Walker, a lecturer at the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. “Between my interest in entrepreneurship and growing up with two parents who worked in the health-care field, I was immediately drawn to this study abroad opportunity,” says Hanna. “It was a really remarkable experience.”

Support from donors helped Luke discover the world around him. Luke was one of five recipients of the 2016-17 Claire and Carl Stuart Study Abroad Scholarship, which was created during the For Iowa. Forever More. campaign to support international travel experiences for students in CLAS.

“I’m very appreciative of the scholarship support I received from Claire and Carl,” says Hanna. “For many Iowa students, scholarships are the difference in their ability to study abroad.”

Hanna, who is graduating this spring with a degree in enterprise leadership, is continuing to explore the world around him this semester. He is currently interning with a startup accelerator in New York City, which he hopes will lead him to a bright future in business world. “My experiences in India and New York City will help me hit the ground running when I graduate,” said Hanna. “And donors have played a role in setting me up for success in the future.”

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 67 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students study each year in the College’s 39 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.