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Georgia State Sets Annual Fundraising Record, More Than $50 Million Given To Burning Bright Campaign

Press Release – ATLANTA—Georgia State University set an annual fundraising record in the fiscal year that ended June 30, raising more than $50 million in its Burning Bright campaign and bringing its campaign total to more than $272 million.

The previous record of $43 million was set in 2015.

“This milestone in fundraising is in keeping with the unprecedented upward trajectory we’re on across Georgia State,” said Mark P. Becker, president of the university. “From our nationally recognized student success initiatives, to our record-setting research funding and the continued transformation of our campus communities, we’ve got an incredible story to tell, one that our donors—alumni, friends, foundations and corporate partners—want to help us write.”

Begun in 2015, the $300 million Burning Bright campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in Georgia State’s history. In support of the university’s strategic plan, the campaign is raising funds for student success programs, initiatives to encourage and augment faculty excellence, and Georgia State’s continued dynamic transformation of downtown Atlanta.

The year’s fundraising success was made possible by 22,000 separate gifts provided by more than 15,000 donors, including:

  • Carelle L. Karimimanesh, who created the Naiyareh Karimimanesh Memorial Scholarship in memory of her daughter, a graduate of the College of Law.
  • Allen Poole, who is supporting student-athletes through a gift to the athletic scholarship fund and who has established the Dr. John W. Cook Professorship in the Robinson College of Business to honor the impact Dr. Cook had on his life and career.
  • The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, who funded the new Education Policy Research Center in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy.
  • State Farm, whose support for Georgia State’s Learning, Income and Family Transformation program will bring the university’s pioneering data analytics work to students enrolled in two-year degree programs at the university’s Decatur campus.

More information on the Burning Bright campaign can be found at burningbright.gsu.edu.

Source: http://news.gsu.edu


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