The University of Nebraska Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that has provided financial support for the University of Nebraska since 1936. The foundation bridges relationships with alumni, friends, corporations and other foundations interested in a high-quality, affordable public university for Nebraska. Private support is vital to the university’s success in areas such as student scholarships, faculty fellowships and endowed chairs, academic programs, new or renovated facilities, athletics, research programs, museums and libraries.
In 2009, the university announced its largest comprehensive campaign in history, the Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities. The campaign set out to raise $1.2 billion for critical university initiatives including financial aid, faculty support, global engagement, agriculture and life sciences, information technology and business, cancer care and research, architectural engineering and construction, water for food, and early childhood education.
In May 2012, the foundation announced that gifts to the Campaign for Nebraska had surpassed the $1.2 billion goal, with support from more than 80,000 people and organizations for all four campuses of the University of Nebraska. With this momentum, the campaign continues to focus on priorities through its conclusion on Dec. 31, 2014.
Students, who are the lifeblood of any university, have been an important focus of this campaign, and more than $220 million has been generously given for scholarship support, including permanently endowed funds providing annual scholarship awards. To learn more about the campaign, visit campaignfornebraska.org.
Alumni and friends gave $236.7 million to the University of Nebraska in 2013, making it the University of Nebraska Foundation’s best year ever for private gifts. This record represents a 43 percent increase over the last fiscal year and a 37 percent increase over the previous gift record of $172.1 million in 2011. These funds were directed by donors to support many areas including student and faculty support, research, academic programs, campus and capital improvements, alumni associations, and museums, libraries and fine arts programs.