UMass Amherst exceeds fundraising mark
June 06, 2013
When colleges and university celebrate significant milestones, they often create fundraising campaigns to enable continued success in the future. This was no different at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the school's flagship campus, which will ring in its 150th birthday this year.
Thanks to a $2.25 million commitment from private citizen and alumnus Ed Ward, the school recently surpassed the total amount garnered via its 2012 efforts. Just halfway through this year, the university has already brought in $4.28 million, already passing the $3.2 million acquired last year.
Ward's pledge will be put toward the UMass Athletics program, which he said would help contribute to the university's upstanding reputation. Specifically, this should help the construction of the new Champions Center for basketball and the Football Performance Center, which were announced in April.
UMass is well on its way to make waves in fundraising campaigns this year. According to the State House News Service, the plan this year was to be more aggressive in seeking out donations from the system's large alumni population. This was announced by President Robert Caret after the entire UMass system brought in a total of $94 million of its $100.2 million goal in 2012.
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