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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 25, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 40
Campaign On Track to $2 Billion

JHU wraps up second-best fund raising year in its history

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Johns Hopkins recently completed the second-best fund-raising year in its history and now lies squarely on track to achieve the ambitious $2 billion goal for its Knowledge for the World campaign.

In July 2000, trustees of the university and the health system authorized the institutions to accept gifts to help build and upgrade facilities on all campuses, to strengthen endowment for student aid and faculty support, and to advance research, academic and clinical initiatives.

To date, Johns Hopkins institutions have raised more than $1.8 billion with two years left in the campaign.

In fiscal year 2005, Johns Hopkins raised $395.3 million, just shy of the $419 million raised in fiscal year 2001, the first year of the Knowledge for the World campaign.

The Center for Talented Youth, Sheridan Libraries, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Professional Studies in Business and Education all had their best fund-raising years ever, with Nursing nearly doubling its previous best.

Charlie Phlegar, senior associate vice president for development and alumni relations, said that the success of the campaign has been driven by a strong economy, the compelling nature of the funding priorities and "terrific leadership on the volunteer side and from university administration."

"And the large gifts that we have received have enabled us to jump-start some projects, and those begin to encourage others to give large contributions that might have the same impact," Phlegar said. "This year we didn't have quite the depth of large gifts as in some previous years, but we were able to continue our momentum with a greater number of smaller gifts."

Campaign contributions have already helped jump-start and pay for many funding priorities, Phlegar said, including the renovation of the Peabody campus, cancer programs at the School of Medicine and scholarship programs at the School of Public Health.

Phlegar said that while the campaign is ahead of schedule overall, specific funding areas such as capital projects at the Homewood and JHMI campuses, undergraduate scholarship support and endowed professorships are not fully funded and remain a critical priority.

"We're redoubling our efforts and zeroing in on these areas from here on in," Phlegar said. "Although the numbers are within our sights, they remain uphill battles. We always have a huge need for undergraduate scholarship support."

The past fiscal year, which ended June 30, was Johns Hopkins' sixth consecutive year above $300 million in cash receipts. Hopkins joins a list of only three other institutions — Harvard, Stanford and Cornell — that can claim this achievement.

The campaign, which will conclude in 2007, will benefit all the university's academic divisions and several centers and institutes.

Johns Hopkins Medicine (consisting of the School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System) has set a goal of $1 billion, the Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks $500 million, and goals for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and for the Whiting School of Engineering are, respectively, $250 million and $150 million.

The balance of the funds sought will benefit the School of Nursing, Peabody Institute, SAIS, SPSBE, Sheridan Libraries, Berman Bioethics Institute, Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Talented Youth and Johns Hopkins University Press.

In June, Johns Hopkins Medicine surpassed its $1 billion goal. In FY 2005, JHM raised $241.7 million in campaign commitments, representing the second-best year ever for philanthropy for Johns Hopkins Medicine. [Correction: After this story appeared in print, The Gazette was notified that Johns Hopkins Medicine had actually had its best fund-raising year ever, raising $254.7 million in campaign commitments in FY2005.] Additionally, JHM received $172.6 million in total cash receipts. However, several important priorities remain for Medicine, including fund raising for large capital projects. Among them are two major clinical buildings, as well as several research and educational buildings.

Other units and divisions that have already surpassed their goals are the Center for Talented Youth, SAIS and the Institute for Policy Studies.

The name chosen for the fund-raising effort has its roots in the origins of Johns Hopkins. In February 1876, the university's first president, Daniel Coit Gilman, formally took office and laid out plans for a radically different educational institution. Gilman wanted his university to do more than just teach, more than just pass along old knowledge to the next generation. He added a new mission: discovery, the creation of knowledge and the use of that knowledge for the good of humanity. Johns Hopkins — the first American research university — thus adopted for this campaign a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's words into "Knowledge for the World."

The previous fund-raising campaign, the Johns Hopkins Initiative, was launched publicly in October 1994 with a goal of $900 million. It ended June 30, 2000, with an actual total of $1.52 billion in commitments — a Johns Hopkins record — from more than 100,000 alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and organizations.


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