Campaign UMass Update: Amount Raised Now at $109.9 Million

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts raised $19.8 million in private donations to the Amherst campus during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That brings the total amount raised for Campaign UMass as of that date to $109.9 million, according to Royster C. Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for University Advancement.

Campaign UMass is the campus''s first-ever comprehensive campaign to raise $125 million, enlist advocates, and enhance the image of the University. Begun in 1996, the campaign was originally targeted to last five years, but it is now expected that the goals will be reached by the end of December, one year ahead of schedule, according to Hedgepeth.

"I am extremely pleased with the progress of Campaign UMass," says Hedgepeth. "We are laying the groundwork for making philanthropy a part of the University''s future. I''m especially proud of the progress we''ve made in establishing endowments for faculty support and toward increasing financial aid for our students."

The campaign total includes cash gifts, gifts in kind, and all new pledges. Highlights for the past fiscal year include:

* a $1-million gift from the Marriott Foundation to the department of hotel, restaurant and travel administration;

* an $850,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation to the Isenberg School of Management;

* a $1-million gift from alumnus Richard Mahoney to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics;

* a gift of $500,000 from alumnus Frank R. O''Keefe Jr., to provide UMass scholarships to students at Peabody High School;

* first-time gifts from the Pew Charitable Trust and the Nellie Mae, Freeman, Templeton, and Starr foundations;

* an overall increase in undergraduate alumni participation, from 15 to 16 percent. That translates to an increase from 17,561 to 18,566, or 1,005 undergraduate alumni, out of a total of 116,014 undergraduate alumni of record.

Hedgepeth also announced the appointment of Diane Dukette as assistant vice chancellor for University Advancement and executive director of development, effective last April. Dukette was previously director of development for the Isenberg School of Management since 1999, and director of corporate relations from 1997-99. Dukette received her bachelor''s degree from Smith College, and earned a master''s in business administration (M.B.A.) from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass.

Says Hedgepeth: "Diane has a strong track record in major-gift fundraising. She is one of our own, having received her M.B.A. from UMass, and is an experienced administrator. I have every confidence in her ability to lead us to our campaign goal and beyond."

"This is a very exciting time for Campaign UMass as we continue to build momentum toward our goal," says Dukette. "I''m especially proud of the increasing number of alumni who are coming forward to help us realize our objectives."