Clemson University said this week it has exceed its goal of raising $1 billion in a decade.
The “Will to Lead”capital campaign was the biggest, effective fundraising drive by a public college with less than 150,000 alumni, according to university President James Clements. The drive began in 2006.
“Our alumni and donors have made this the largest fundraising effort in the history of South Carolina,” Clements said. “Completing this campaign is an incredible milestone for Clemson, and it is a true testament to the loyalty and dedication of our alumni, donors, corporate partners and friends.”
The campaign surpassed the billion-dollar mark by more than $62.5 million at the end of June.
Will to Lead helped create 682 new scholarships and fellowships, as well as 26 professorships and endowed chair positions. A number of academic and athletic facilities have been renovated, built or are under construction over the past 10 years. The campaign increased the school’s endowment to $625 million.
There were more than 375,141 single gifts to the campaign, 403 planned gifts and 130 donors made collective donations of $1 million or more, according to the university.
Clemson’s campaign total exceeded the University of South Carolina’s similar $1.04 billion “Carolina’s Promise” campaign that finished last year. However, USC’s campaign only lasted eight years to Clemson’s ten.
The university said that while the campaign has ended, overall fundraising will continue.