WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University's Ever True campaign has become the largest fundraising initiative in the university's history, raising $2.529 billion as of the completion on June 30.
The goal, announced in 2015, was $2.019 billion to celebrate Purdue's sesquicentennial and 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon in 2019. Ever True, a nod to the lyric in the university's fight song, exceeded the goal by nearly 25-percent.
More than 1 million donors from all 50 states and 113 countries gave to the Ever True campaign. Purdue celebrated 387 gifts of $1 million or more. First time donors made up more than half of the contributions.
During the campaign's seven years, only four of which were public, Purdue
“Ever True has been a historic undertaking,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “Our university was created from a remarkable act of generosity: John Purdue’s gift of $150,000 and 100 acres of farmland. Throughout this campaign, the Purdue family has followed our founding benefactor’s lead and made generous contributions that support people and initiatives across the entire Purdue system. We celebrate the alumni and friends who have invested in Purdue University, and we are profoundly thankful.”
“Ever True has enabled us to expand on the tremendous things happening at Purdue as we fulfill our priorities of placing students first, building on our strengths and championing research and innovation,” said Amy Noah, vice president for development. “The campaign’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the support and generosity of our alumni around the world; faculty, staff and students; parents, friends and retirees; and our corporate and foundation partners — including 100,000-plus donors who chose to give to Purdue for the first time ever through this campaign. We are so grateful for everyone’s incredible response and for the momentum that’s been created.”
The Purdue Day of Giving raised $146.9 million of the total. The event is the country's largest single-day fundraising initiative in higher education.
The conclusion of the campaign will be celebrated during the President's Council Annual Weekend on Oct. 11 at the CoRec.