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Record Year for Fundraising

Fiscal 2014 was Mizzou’s best year ever for fundraising.

Mizzou Reynolds Foundation Gift

Journalism Professor Randy Smith speaks with Steven L. Anderson, president of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, following the announcement of a $10 million gift from the foundation to the Missouri School of Journalism. Photo by Rob Hill.

In fiscal 2014, MU raised a record $164.5 million, surpassing the previous mark of $160.5 million set in 2008. The year’s largest gift, $10 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, will enhance faculty salaries at the MU School of Journalism. Learn more about the late Donald Reynolds, BJ ’27.

“Private philanthropy and fundraising are vital to the educational and research missions of the university, helping us support student scholarships and attracting and retaining top-notch teachers and researchers,” says Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. “We have set a great precedent for fundraising as we prepare to move into our new campaign.”

Richard G. Miller, BA ’70, tri-chair of the One Mizzou comprehensive fundraising campaign, says that reduced state support forces MU to rely more on private donations. “This record is both timely and a positive step for the future,” Miller says.