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UNH Fundraising Tops $10 Million

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7/26/2011 1:36 PM

Most Successful Effort in University History

University of New Haven: Danao and scholarship recipients

Alumni Association President Joseph Danao (left) with Alumni Association Scholarship recipients

July 26, 2011

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The University of New Haven announced today it raised $10.5 million in 2010-11, completing the most successful fundraising year in its history.

This is the first time in the university’s history that it raised more than $10 million.  The results were up 36 percent over the prior year when the university raised $7.7 million.

“Strong gift support is yet another sign of the momentum of the university,” said President Steven H. Kaplan.  “UNH is receiving exceptional support from alumni, friends and the business community at a time when the quality and size of the student body are growing.”

Gifts included several of $1 million or more: one from an anonymous alumnus to renovate the exterior of Maxcy Hall, built in 1909; another from Wintek Technology Corp. of Taiwan to establish an advanced training program for police officers from China and Taiwan at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science; and one from an anonymous donor to expand and renovate Bartels Hall, the Campus Center.

“Donors have generously supported capital improvements, program enhancements and scholarships for students,” said Rob Lee, ’78 B.S. mechanical engineering, chairman of the advancement committee. “Their commitment to the University is one reason the University of New Haven remains a leader in experiential education.”

Annual fundraising at UNH has grown more than 54 percent in the last five years, from $6.8 million raised in 2006-7. Funds raised are counted on a fiscal year basis from July 1 to June 30.

“We are fortunate to have so many generous alumni, parents, faculty, staff and other friends,” said Rick Tuchman, vice president for university advancement.  “They are investing in UNH’s future and helping us to educate and prepare our society’s next generation of leaders.”

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.