Auckland University has raised more than $200 million in an ambitious philanthropic fundraising campaign.
The "Leading the Way Campaign” was launched in 2006 to raise funds to support research and teaching that would boost the wellbeing of people in New Zealand and throughout the world.
A black tie dinner tonight marked its conclusion, with $202.9 million raised.
"Our aim was to attract support for people – scholarships, fellowships and funded staff positions – and for research, rather than for buildings, and that is precisely the activities that have been supported,” Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon said.
About $40 million will be invested in endowments.
The balance will support projects, especially in the faculties of medical and health sciences and business.
Large gifts will also made to most of the other faculties and big research institutes.
The campaign focused on five key themes: the health of our nation; the development of our children; the growth of our economy; the future of our cities; and the expression of who we are – themes which engaged in all faculties and institutes across the University.
A group of 23 leaders from the community and business, both local and expatriate New Zealanders, formed the Campaign Leadership Committee with Geoff Ricketts, a well-known company director, as Chair.
By 2010, the original target of $100 million for the "Leading the Way Campaign” was reached.
It was then revised to $150 million.
Since then more than 3000 donors, including the Goodfellow and Plowman families, Owen Glenn, the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, the Cancer Society, the Heart Foundation, the Neurological Society and the ASB Community Trust have taken the total over the $200m mark.
"As a result of this collective generosity, the campaign proved even more successful than we true believers imagined," campaign chair Geoff Ricketts said.
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