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$98.6M raised to support UH


The UH Foundation is honored to announce that thanks to donors’ generosity, $98,583,866 was raised in fiscal year 2014 to support University of Hawaii students, faculty, research and programs on all ten UH campuses.


• This record-breaking achievement was thanks in large part to the Simons Foundation and its $40 million award to Drs. Edward DeLong and David Karl, both UH Manoa professors in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). This was the largest private foundation gift UH has ever received.

• Of the $58.6M raised (total without Simons Foundation gift), nearly 60% of funds raised came from local Hawaii corporations, foundations and individuals.

• Since 2002, the UH Foundation has raised nearly $700 million to support UH programs and students.

• 99% of gifts raised are donor-directed. This means that donors decide how and where their gifts are used.

“On behalf of the students and faculty on all 10 campuses who benefit every day from our donors’ strategic philanthropic investments, mahalo nui loa,” said Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO, UH Foundation. She continued, “Everyday these gifts to UH open doors of opportunity to promising students, fuel meaningful research and innovation, teaching excellence, and programs that enrich our communities in so many ways. We are humbled by our donors’ generosity, and honored to serve as their philanthropic partner, and steward of their legacies.”

Ronald Ho, UH Foundation board chair concluded, “We are tremendously grateful to our donors and UH colleagues who are working together to help us address the challenges our state faces, and make the most out of innovation and research opportunities. We look forward to the year ahead, and building on this fundraising momentum to grow critical private support for Hawaii’s university.”

The University of Hawaii Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii System. The mission of the University of Hawaii Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawaii’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaii and our future generations.

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