Record number of donors commits $300.6 million to the University of Nebraska

More than 10,000 University of Nebraska students received a total of more than $33 million in financial support from private funds during 2021-2022 to help with their educations.

60,571 donors giving to the university is all-time record

The University of Nebraska Foundation announced $300.6 million in philanthropic gifts and commitments in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022. This is the third consecutive year more than $300 million in new funds has been committed annually to benefit the University of Nebraska. During the same period, an all-time record of 60,571 donors made a gift.

Donors supported all campuses of the university system: University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Gifts came from alumni, friends of the university, foundations and corporations.

“The University of Nebraska is fortunate to benefit from the generosity of so many alumni and friends who share a common vision for transforming the lives of students and people around the world through affordable, accessible, outstanding education,” said NU System President Ted Carter. “The support of both our private and public partners is a primary reason why the University of Nebraska is in such a strong position today. On behalf of our 50,000 students and talented faculty and staff, I extend our deepest thanks to every individual who has contributed their time, resources and energy toward extending the university’s impact even further.”

In addition to the record number of donors to the university, other highlights from the fiscal year include:

Private contributions during the year supported scholarships to provide direct financial aid to students and to support the university’s goal of making the university accessible and affordable for all. Gifts also created endowed faculty chairs and professorships for the support, recruitment and retention of top faculty across the university system, and provided funding for academic, athletic and research programs.

Examples of gifts given to the foundation to support the university this fiscal year include:

Student Support

Support for faculty members and academic, athletic and research programs

“The entire University of Nebraska Foundation team is proud to have once again exceeded $300 million in private support for the university, and the record number of donors indicates our alumni and friends support the mission of our state’s only public university and the difference it is making in the lives of Nebraskans and those around the world,” said Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation. “We also pride ourselves on being an efficient fundraising organization, raising more than $7 in gifts for the university for every $1 we spend.”

About the University of Nebraska Foundation

The University of Nebraska Foundation grows relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives and save lives. It is ranked among the top 25 public university fundraising organizations in the country, according to data from the Voluntary Support for Education. During its last fiscal year, a record 60,571 donors gave $300.6 million to aid UNK, UNO, UNL and NCTA, UNMC and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, as well as universitywide institutes and affiliates. The foundation raises funds efficiently, currently providing more than $7 in gifts to the university for every $1 spent. More than 99% of all gifts are restricted to a specific use.

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