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The University of Iowa Announces $1.06 Billion Milestone in Comprehensive Campaign, Surpassing its Record-breaking 2005 Campaign

July 8, 2013

For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa Reaches 62% Toward $1.7 Billion Goal.

The University of Iowa announces today that the comprehensive fundraising campaign For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the state’s history, has reached a historic benchmark. To date, For Iowa. Forever More. has raised $1.06 billion, surpassing the total of the university’s last comprehensive campaign, which raised a then-record-setting $1.05 billion between 1999 and 2005.

For Iowa. Forever More. builds on the university’s 166-year tradition of distinction and innovation and will help the UI maintain its role as one of the top public research universities in the nation—as well the state’s premier academic medical center—with world-renowned arts programs and a commitment to exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs. To date, more than 119,500 people have contributed to For Iowa. Forever More.

“This milestone demonstrates the incredible enthusiasm and dedication of the UI’s alumni and friends,” says University of Iowa President Sally Mason. “Together, we are fulfilling this ambitious campaign’s goal to build the most innovative 21st-century university possible, and I thank those who have gotten us to this historic moment through their extraordinary generosity.”

“While the campaign will continue through 2016, we are already seeing its fruits today,” says Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation.  “For example, we recently celebrated the groundbreaking for the new UI Children’s Hospital building, for which $26 million of its $50 million goal already has been raised.”

“The momentum for this campaign, which is one of the most ambitious nationally for a public school of similar size, is remarkable,” says University of Iowa Foundation Chairman Tom Hanson.  “We thank the donors who share our vision of securing the UI’s status as a world-class institution for future generations.”

For Iowa. Forever More. will serve to enhance each student experience while focusing on three overarching priorities: educating students to thrive in a complex, global society; ensuring a healthier and more sustainable world through discoveries in medicine, allied health fields and environmental science; and enriching commerce, culture and communities for Iowans through creative entrepreneurship in business, the arts and humanities, social sciences and civic literacy and engagement.

About the University of Iowa Foundation
The University of Iowa Foundation’s mission is to advance the University of Iowa and fulfill the aspirations of those it serves.  The university’s dedicated contributors fund a broad array of needs, from student scholarships, breakthrough research and life-changing health care to innovative facilities, community outreach and global education.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the University of Iowa. For more information about the foundation and the campaign, visit the foundation website at

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