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UW-Eau Claire Foundation announces $60 million 'Power of Possible' campaign

September 28, 2012

Centennial Campaign logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise $60 million in support of people, programs and places at UW-Eau Claire by Dec. 31, 2016, during the year of the university's centennial celebration.

The Power of Possible Centennial Campaign already has raised $27.6 million in gifts, pledges and deferred commitments in the months leading up to the public launch, said JoAnne Brandes, UW-Eau Claire Foundation board chair and a 1975 UW-Eau Claire alumna.

Brandes announced the campaign and its goal to donors, university faculty and staff, and others gathered for the foundation's Circle of Excellence celebration Sept. 27.

"Chancellor, fellow Circle of Excellence members, faculty and staff: I am pleased and proud to report to you that the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is accepting the challenge to again come together to create amazing energy and power for all that is possible," Brandes said.

The Foundation's first comprehensive campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, ended in 2007 and raised nearly $54 million for UW-Eau Clairesurpassing its initial goal of $35 million.

"The Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign set the stage for our planning and vision for the future," Brandes said.

Brandes thanked those who already have pledged their support for the Power of Possible campaign, including a commitment of $2 million from Ralph Duxbury, a 1943 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, then the Eau Claire State Teachers College.

Over the past 20 years, Duxbury has contributed more than $250,000 in support of Wisconsin Academic Excellence scholarships, endowed a biology scholarship and supported Blugold Promise scholarships at UW-Eau Claire. His additional gifts of $2 million will create endowments for the university's Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship program and choral music program, as well as a new Biology Faculty Success Fund to help the university recruit and retain exceptional biology faculty and to invest in their collaborative projects with other faculty and students in the "hard" sciences of chemistry, physics and astronomy. Learn more about Duxbury's gift.

"The Power of Possible campaign supports the powerful nexus of people, programs and places that sustain this university's tradition of excellence," said UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet in his remarks to those gathered for the campaign announcement. "All of us here tonight are part of a historic moment, one that will shape this university's future for its next 100 years. It is my hope that you are as excited as I am about what we can collectively accomplish through the Power of Possible Centennial Campaign."

In discussions over the last two years with alumni and friends about plans for the Power of Possible Centennial Campaign, the message repeatedly heard is that their experiences with UW-Eau Claire have been impactful and transformational, said Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president.

"They believe we owe it to future generations to do whatever we can to sustain and expand UW-Eau Claire's long tradition of excellence," Way said. "Our first campaign invested in the university's people. The Power of Possible campaign expands our focus to invest in people, programs and places. Investments through this campaign truly will be investments for the next generation."

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