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June 1, 2004, Vol. 3, No. 10
Santa Clara University

Campaign giving is growing in 2004

Major donations come from a former dean and an alumnus.

Jim Purcell, vice president for university relations, reported to the trustees in May that the University had reached more than 61 percent of its $350 million goal as of the end of April.

Recent gifts from former faculty member and School of Law Dean George Alexander and his wife, Katharine, and from Oakland Athletics’ owner and alumnus Steve Schott helped swell the totals this spring. More than 64 percent of the campaign’s five-year time span is complete, which puts the University just slightly behind its month-to-month goal.

However, Purcell reported that there are a number of $1 million-plus gifts that are about to be finalized that will raise the dollar and percentage totals. He noted that the economy appears to be improving, which will likely be reflected in the months ahead.

The campaign ends December 31, 2006. The new Business School building project has reached half of its $40 million goal. The 21st Century Library is one-third funded. More than 57 percent of the $100.75 million goal for scholarships has been given or pledged to date.

Funding for the Centers of Distinction has been very successful so far, with nearly $14 million counted in gifts and pledges. To date, a large percentage of gifts have come from alumni.

The University has received some key donations from others, including $15 million from a parent, $20 million from a friend of the University, and millions from Silicon Valley companies. One key to the campaign’s ultimate success, Purcell says, will be the financial support of the University’s younger alumni faculty and staff.

“Every gift matters, regardless of size,” Purcell says. “Historically, we have received gifts from individual faculty and staff members that range from small payroll contributions made semi-monthly to sizeable bequests. However, the percentage of faculty and staff who choose to support the campaign is just as important as the size of the gift.”

For information on the campaign, see

To make a gift to your favorite SCU fund, visit the secure online giving site at

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