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Generosity of Alumni and Friends Pushes FDU to Record-breaking Year

Thanks to the broad support of alumni and friends, Fairleigh Dickinson University enjoyed an extraordinary year in fundraising. As of the fiscal year-end on June 30, 2020 the University received gifts totaling $13.9 million.

“On behalf of the entire University community, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the thousands of donors – alumni, friends, corporations and foundations – who have expressed their belief in and commitment to the University and its mission,” said President Christopher A. Capuano, Ph.D. “These contributions have an immediate and positive impact on the campus community, positioning the University to meet our most urgent and immediate challenges while also building for the future.”

The 2019-20 fiscal year total – the second highest in the University’s 78-year history – brings fundraising for the ongoing One University Many Dreams capital campaign to nearly $70 million towards its $100 million goal.

In addition to campaign gifts, pledges and bequests, alumni and friends have recognized that students are among the most impacted by the extraordinary events of the past six months and have responded generously. In March, when the realities associated with the global pandemic surfaced, FDU created a Student Emergency Fund to support the needs of students most affected by the pandemic. The Office of University Advancement created an opportunity for friends and donors of the University to make gifts to alleviate the growing challenges surrounding food insecurity, travel, tuition payments, health supplies, and more. Additionally, the University held a “Virtual Charter Day” fundraiser, committing all proceeds to scholarship assistance to the students whose families have been hurt most by COVID-19. Donations to the annual 42 Hours of Giving initiative were the most ever, topping $190,000 as alumni and friends responded to the growing crisis.

“We’re blessed to have an extraordinary group of alumni and friends who care deeply for the University, and who rose to meet the challenges of the day. I could not be more proud of their generosity,” said Rick Reiss, Senior Vice President for University Advancement.

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