Mizzou fundraising campaign passes $1 billion mark

A Mizzou fundraising campaign has closed in on its $1.3 billion goal. (File)

A fundraising initiative that kicked off in October 2015 has closed in on its goal.

The University of Missouri announced Wednesday the Mizzou: Our Time To Lead campaign raised more than $147 million in cash gifts during fiscal year 2018, breaking the previous record of $121 million set in 2017 by 22 percent.

The campaign total has eclipsed the $1 billion mark, narrowing the gap of its $1.3 billion goal.

“The support of the Mizzou community is remarkable,” Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said in a release. “It has been a pleasure to meet MU alumni and friends during my first year here and learn what the university means to them. Their generosity opens doors for student success and helps Mizzou solve the grand challenges facing Missouri through education, research and outreach. We cannot thank our community enough for its support.”

According to a release, The Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign will secure the University of Missouri’s status among the nation’s elite public universities by focusing on four priorities:

  • Endowment—will help MU compete with other institutions and strengthen the ability to attract and retain stellar students and faculty.
  • Signature centers and institutes—will be the engine of research growth that will enhance MU’s AAU status and add to the university’s distinctiveness.
  • Campus renaissance—will propel Mizzou to global leadership in education and research with new and renovated facilities and will help attract and retain students and faculty.
  • Student success initiatives—will provide Mizzou students access to world-class learning opportunities that ensure they thrive on campus and throughout their lives.
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