From the campaign chair
As of June 30, 2015, Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University had secured $1.95 billion in gifts and commitments toward our goal to raise a minimum of $2.2 billion by June 30, 2018.
Our wonderful progress is made possible by the generosity and leadership of our alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff. Together, we set a number of records in the past fiscal year, including 61,550 donors, 30,133 alumni donors, $329.6 million in new commitments and gifts (including bequests), and $28.1 million in support for the Annual Fund.
This unprecedented support enables Washington University to discover new knowledge and expedite its application to complex problems, such as new treatments for devastating diseases, new sources of sustainable energy, the challenges of aging and greater economic prosperity. The campaign fosters scholarship and innovations that enhance human lives.
Preparing the leaders of tomorrow is one of the most important priorities of Leading Together. We ended the year with a total of $306.8 million toward a minimum goal of $400 million in new support for scholarships and fellowships. We are working to make a top-tier education accessible and affordable for every qualified undergraduate and graduate student who aspires to graduate from Washington University.
In addition to financial aid, generous donors helped the university recruit and retain outstanding faculty, advance scholarly research and creative potential, and enhance the teaching, research and living environments on our campuses.
Washington University is driven by a passion for excellence and the desire to contribute to our community, our nation and our world. Together, we have a lasting impact.
A brighter future for St. Louis and the world
An extraordinary commitment from Thomas Hillman, AB ’78, and Jennifer Miller Hillman, BFA ’79, is leading the way for the expansion of social work, public health and public policy programs at the Brown School. Hillman Hall, named in their honor, will foster new and innovative ways to address critical social and public health challenges and more than doubles the Brown School’s space for teaching, research and community engagement.
The Hillmans are dedicated philanthropists, civic leaders and engaged alumni volunteers. Tom Hillman serves on the university’s Board of Trustees and the medical school finance committee. He and Jennifer both serve on the Brown School National Council, and Tom also is a member of the National Council of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Jennifer serves on the National Council for the Undergraduate Experience.
Trustee Maxine Clark and Bob Fox are building on their legacy of support for Washington University with a commitment of $7.5 million for programs and facilities at the Brown School. The university has renamed the Brown School Policy Forum as the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute in recognition of their generosity. In
addition, a physical space in Hillman Hall has been named the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum.
Clark is a member of the Brown School National Council, and Fox is a founding member of the National Council of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. The couple also committed $540,000 to advance the initiatives of the Gephardt Institute and its Civic Scholars Program.
The McDonnell Genome Institute: Revolutionizing the future of medicine
A transformative $25 million commitment from Elizabeth and James McDonnell and the JSM Charitable Trust will provide ongoing support for pioneering research at the Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine, which has been named the Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Genome Institute in recognition of their generosity. Discoveries in genomics by Washington University scientists have fundamentally changed the understanding of cancer and how best to classify and treat patients.
The McDonnells are dedicated champions of medical research at the School of Medicine, and their philanthropy has led to scientific discoveries in nearly every pediatric discipline. James is a longtime leader at the medical school, where he is a member of the National Council and serves on the boards of the Children’s Discovery Institute and
St. Louis Children’s Hospital.