The university’s ongoing capital campaign known as Infinite Impact has become a driving force behind record years of giving for Mississippi State University. At the close of FY 2014, an overwhelming $106 million was contributed by alumni and friends marking the highest giving year in school history.
For the 2014 year, the 136 year-old land-grant institution attracted the record in private gifts and pledges of future support–an overwhelming $25 million more than the prior year’s $81.3 million total. Previously, MSU’s largest giving year on record took place in fiscal year 2012 when more than $86 million was raised.
“The visionary individuals and organizations who are investing their resources in the future of this institution and the people it serves recognize the vital role that Mississippi State plays in the life of the state and region,” said President Mark E. Keenum. “It is with deep appreciation that we accept these contributions to benefit life on our campus and improve life for people around the globe through our endeavors as an institution.”
“By any measure, fiscal year 2014 was a remarkable year for Mississippi State,” said John P. Rush, vice president for development and alumni who also serves as MSU Foundation CEO. “We greatly appreciate the generosity of alumni and friends that is translating into a powerful impact within our university and well beyond our state’s borders as these gifts pave the way for our university to have a greater influence on a national scale.”
Rush said the record year also bodes well for the university’s ongoing capital campaign.
Mississippi State is in the midst of the largest comprehensive campaign in school history to secure $600 million in gifts for its long-range goals. Since campaign counting began in fiscal year 2010, the multi-year endeavor has reached in excess of $434 million raised.
All gifts to MSU through fiscal year 2018 will be part of the campaign.
For the 2014 fiscal year, alumni participation at Mississippi State held steady, Rush observed, adding that the proportion of alumni contributing during the year was a solid 18 percent. This constant level has enabled MSU to maintain its ranking ahead of several major peer institutions in the measure of support among former students, he added.
The number also keeps MSU well above the 10.2 percent national average of this measure, according to the fundraising statistics of higher education institutions published by the 2013 Voluntary Support of Education annual report.
Rush thanked the supporters, saying that Mississippi State “is extremely proud of the proportion of alumni who gave in FY 14. The faith these former students continue to show in the institution and the value these individuals place on their MSU education will help us grow our donor base over time.”
Other gifts from the record year will create excellence funds in colleges and schools, help bring to fruition the Davis Wade Stadium expansion and provide a steady stream of annual support across campus.
Most of the institution’s fundraising is conducted by the MSU Foundation that was established in 1962 to help attract support from private sources. The university’s current endowment stands at more than $450 million.
MSU’s special Infinite Impact campaign flipbooks and videos are now available at infiniteimpactmsu.com at your leisure and learn about how our institution can make a world of difference with private support.