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UH centennial fundraiser nets $335 million


Surpassing all expectations, the University of Hawaii’s Centennial Campaign led by the University of Hawaii Foundation, has raised $282 million in cash and pledges against a goal of $250 million. An additional $54 million in bequest intentions was also raised, bringing the grand total to $336 million. 

This brings to an end the most ambitious fundraising campaign to date in the state of Hawaii. The campaign officially ended June 30. 

“By building on the earlier Comprehensive Campaign, we have partnered with friends and supporters of our 10 campuses to build a legacy that will help position the University of Hawaii for success in this highly competitive world,” said Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO, University of Hawaii Foundation. “We are humbled by and grateful for the opportunity to carefully steward the investment our donors have made in our state’s future.”

Through the success of the Centennial Campaign, student access to higher education is enhanced, research projects whose findings may result in critical healthcare, environmental and other key breakthroughs is supported, programs for our community developed, and the everyday experience of our students throughout our 10 campuses is enhanced.  

“The resounding success of the Centennial Campaign is testament to the commitment of our community to support our university’s aspirations for the benefit of our state and beyond,” said Barry Weinman, chairman of the UH Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Students, faculty and engaged community members are already benefiting from the impact of the campaign.” 

Centennial Campaign Summary 

Actual cash and pledges raised: $282 million

Bequest intentions: $54 million

Campaign grand total: $336 million

Number of donors: more than 93,000 

Campus Campaign Results

UH Manoa: $202 million

UH Hilo: $15.4 million

UH West Oahu: $2.7 million

Community Colleges: $30.1 million

System-wide Support: $31.5 million

Donors to the Centennial Campaign by Region

Hawaii: 70 percent

California: 12 percent

US – other: 16 percent

International: 2 percent 

Campaign gifts have supported key UH priorities  

“This is only the beginning of our efforts partnering with the university as it enters its 2nd century educating and building the workforce for our state,” Vuchinich said. “It’s very clear that the need for private support for our public universities during these challenging economic times remains great. The UH Foundation is committed to working hard and leveraging the momentum created through the Centennial Campaign to help our university and students fulfill their potential.”

The University of Hawaii Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii System. 

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