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Unprecedented support: CWRU alumni and friends set yet more fundraising records

Case Western Reserve’s friends and supporters set another new all-time giving record in 2015-2016, committing $174.1 million to everything from scholarships and professorships to buildings and major research initiatives.

The total is more than $7 million higher than last year, and represents the ninth new annual fundraising record in the past decade. It is also one of 18 all-time records set this year, including new highest totals for engineering, medicine and nursing.

“We deeply appreciate the generosity our alumni, friends and other supporters,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “Their commitments make an enormous difference in the lives of our faculty, staff and students, and advance research and scholarship that benefit our community, nation and world.”

In addition to the collective commitments that are making the Nord Family Greenway possible, Fiscal Year 2016 also saw the university receive several commitments to the Health Education Campus, among them $5 million from the Third Federal and Stefanski Foundations for the Rhonda and Marc Stefanski Center for Community Health Education and $8 million from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation to support an education conference center and medical education pathway involving wellness. In addition, the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation committed $18.5 million to Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic to advance study of HIV/AIDS as well as other autoimmune conditions. And alumnus Bob Herbold made a $1.5 million pledge for graduate student scholarships in engineering.

The new attainment records that the schools of medicine and engineering set represent the fourth consecutive year that each broke an all-time total. The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, meanwhile, toppled an annual total that had stood since 1998. Alumni also set a record by giving and committing $51.3 million—$5 million more than the previous record set in 2012. The university annual fund, which provides dollars for use during that fiscal year, received $10.6 million, nearly $200,000 more than in FY 2015. Finally, at $226,894, the athletics annual fund posted a 42 percent increase over the previous record set in 2014.

Below are more details about some of the new records set:

  • Overall Attainment (Commitments and Funds Received): $174.1 million (previous record, 2015: $166.9 million)
  • Alumni Attainment: $51.3 million (previous record, 2012: $46.3 million)
  • Case School of Engineering Attainment: $33.4 million (previous record, 2015: $33.0 million)
  • School of Medicine Attainment: $66.7 million (previous record, 2015: $62.6 million; medicine also set a new record for cash received—funds given immediately or as part of fulfillment of earlier commitments—$68.1 million)
  • Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Attainment: $6 million (previous record, 1998: $5.6 million)