MSU capital campaign nears $669 million

With growing momentum, Infinite Impact is approaching the $669 million mark toward an overall campaign goal of $1 billion. At this point in the campaign, the endeavor has become the largest single fundraising effort in Mississippi State University history.

As of October, the number of new donors through Infinite Impact reached more than 22,200. In all, more than 54,400 contributors are a part of the campaign that extends through 2020.

Alumni and friends can contribute to MSU’s continued success and growth in years to come by making a campaign commitment and creating an impact through the university. Campaign gifts may support scholarships, chairs and professorships, facilities and programs. Since the campaign’s inception, more than $156 million has been raised for endowed scholarships and fellowships, and nearly $53 million has been raised for faculty support. Additionally, more than $81 million in facility support and nearly $379 million in programs and annual support comprise the overall fundraising total.

Over time, the multi-year endeavor will help MSU achieve its long-term goals for the institution. Infinite Impact will equate the best all-around college experience–from academics to athletics–for all individuals who make their way to the university. The campaign will allow students and professors to extend their research and service efforts to benefit life worldwide.

Since the beginning of Infinite Impact, 453 new endowed scholarships have been created. Besides college-specific scholarships, alumni and friends can also contribute to MSU’s Compass and Promise scholarship programs. Additionally, the university’s most competitive scholarships, the Presidential Endowed Scholarships, can be established with gifts toward endowments that will fund four years of study for top students.

Opportunities also exist in all colleges to create chairs and professorships. By securing contributions for additional endowed positions, MSU can attract and retain top educators, who in turn attract significant research support, outstanding graduate students and other distinguished faculty. Thus far the campaign has added 33 new endowed faculty positions, bringing the university total to 83.

Additional scholarships and endowed positions will help MSU grow over time. As the university population increases, campaign gifts for new facilities and much-needed renovations will allow the campus infrastructure to keep pace.

Infinite Impact is designed to benefit the university’s eight academic colleges. The campaign also specifically impacts the university’s libraries, MSU athletics, the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, MSU-Meridian and other areas across the university.

During Infinite Impact, alumni and friends may support the university annually through the Mississippi State Fund. These gifts touch the lives of more than 21,600 MSU students in many ways every day. The campaign also generates necessary operating funds and grows MSU’s overall endowments with gifts that will create impact over time.

Counting for Infinite Impact continues through 2020. All gifts, regardless of the designation, are commitments to the campaign. Gifts to the Bulldog Club also count toward the overall goal. A current summary of the university’s progress and more information on specific campaign goals can be found at infiniteimpactmsu.com.