Clemson University raises record $151 million

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Clemson University supporters just keep giving.

A year after its $1.06 billion The Will to Lead capital campaign ended, Clemson received $151.3 million in private gifts, a new annual fundraising record for the school.

“Many schools experience a drop in philanthropy the year following the close of a capital campaign, so we are overwhelmed with these results and the generosity of our donors,” said Brian O’Rourke, vice president for development and alumni relations, in a release.

The total includes $100.1 million in cash gifts, pledges and gifts-in-kind; $11.5 million in planned gifts; and $39.7 million raised by IPTAY through its annual fund. More than $2 million was raised during the school’s Give Day, a 24-hour fundraising blitz.

2017 was the sixth consecutive year where annual fundraising exceeded $100 million.

More than 24,000 Clemson alumni made annual gifts, or a 23.2 percent participation rate, which the school said is one of the highest in the nation. Nearly 700 faculty and staff members made gifts as well.

The total includes the largest grant-in-kind in Clemson history from Siemens, which gave the school software with a commercial value of more than $357 million. Esko provided software valued at $26.7 million for Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics.

Thirteen gifts exceeded $1 million, including $2.5 million from Fountain Inn’s Melvin and Dollie Younts to renovate the South Club at Memorial Stadium and $1.2 million from Greenville’s Bill Pelham through the Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation to support the Clemson’s School of Architecture and the Clemson Architectural Foundation.

The money raised will be used for scholarships and fellowships, as well as to build or improve facilities. New endowments were also established.

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