Alabama A&M University recently announced that its Imagine the Future Capital Campaign has garnered more than $19 million in philanthropic support. The campaign’s original goal was set at $16.25 million.
During the university’s October 30 trustees meeting, the board approved an increase of the campaign goal to $22,187,500 in commemoration of the institution’s founding year of 1875.
“This campaign would not have been successful without the leadership of our chair and member of the board of trustees, John Hudson; Archie Tucker and the development team; and the efforts of the entire board, alumni, and faculty/staff, who participated at a rate of more than 70 percent,” said AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
The campaign is the first of its kind at AAMU, and campaign chair Hudson noted its success, while also commending the work of AAMU’s development staff.
“Archie and his team have done a tremendous job building awareness of the value of Alabama A&M over the course of this campaign,” said Hudson. “Their efforts have increased interest among long-standing supporters and introduced the university to an entirely new group of community and alumni donors.”
“The commitment that exists among alumni to this institution is unmatched. We have received tremendous support from alumni and friends from across the nation. However, although the original goal was exceeded, there is still more work to be done,” added Tucker, chief development officer.
Some of the campaign’s highlights include a 128% increase in the number of donors, a 770% increase in alumni giving, and tremendous increases in the average gift received and total giving.
The official campaign period ends in 2017.
Source: Paul Gattis, Alabama A&M University