Total Nears $327 Million in University's Multi-Year Fundraising Campaign

July 20, 2016

Scores of Wesleyan alumni gave generously in December, with year-end gifts and pledges of nearly $4 million in the last month of the year. The gifts bring the total for Wesleyan's multi-year fundraising campaign to just shy of $327 million.

Donations in support of financial aid led the way; so far, $166 million has been raised for that purpose in the campaign, which has financial aid as its primary focus and celebrates access, inquiry and impact across all areas of the university.

"It's absolutely great that so many people gave so generously," said Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for university relations. "But what it shows is that so many alumni, parents and friends have made a Wesleyan education their cause."

In addition to funds raised for financial aid, the campaign has generated $122 million to support academic programs and $39 million to support impact beyond campus in the form of internships, fellowships and research.

The campaign, recognizing the many personal, individual reasons people give back to Wesleyan, kicked off its public phase last year with a series of events from thoughtful political roundtables to crowd-moving concerts to outstanding performances. Since then, thousands of donors have been encouraged to express their personal reasons for making Wesleyan their cause.

There are many ways to give:

  • Your annual contribution to the Wesleyan Fund
  • Endowed internships, fellowships and other student engagement
  • Direct gifts to the endowment
  • Support for the arts, sciences and athletics
  • Planned gifts

Make your contribution. Tell us your "THIS IS WHY" story.