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UW-Eau Claire Foundation Raises Goal
As Campaign Gifts Top $38 Million

 MAILED:  Oct. 4, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation has increased its fund-raising campaign goal to $50 million after surpassing its initial $35 million goal more than 15 months ahead of schedule, officials announced following the Foundation board of directors meeting Oct. 1.

"We've had a strong outpouring of support, and we're seeing a positive impact across the campus as a result of donors' generosity," said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. "At the same time, we've discovered many needs that still are unmet, and we've just begun to connect with many of our alumni and friends about the campaign. We want to continue this effort until we've addressed as many needs as possible and until every constituent has heard our message."

The Foundation also will extend the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign's closing date from June 30, 2005, to Dec. 31, 2007. The university's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign has raised more than $38 million since it began July 1, 2000.

"The focus areas we identified when the campaign began — student success, faculty and staff development, technology for learning, facility enhancements, serving our region — all are just as relevant, if not more relevant, today, given the increased economic pressures the university and our students are facing due to decreased state support," Halberg said.

Renewable scholarships for students are an important focus of the continuing campaign, Halberg said.

"With tuition increases of $500 last year and this year, and the likelihood that increases will continue, we need to give more assistance to students through scholarships that are renewable for multiple years," she said. "It's becoming more and more of a struggle for people to afford a college education, and that's a critical problem we want to address for UW-Eau Claire students."

Private support through the campaign is making a difference for people and programs across the university, Halberg said. Some of the campaign's results have included:

David Anderson, an Eau Claire attorney and chairman of the Foundation's board of directors, said the campaign is critical to ensuring that UW-Eau Claire can continue to be an interactive public regional university that enhances the quality of life in the region and state.

"Through its graduates who are ready to contribute in our workplaces and communities, and through its many partnerships with area businesses and agencies — not to mention its contributions to the community's cultural enrichment, UW-Eau Claire is a treasure in the Chippewa Valley and the state of Wisconsin," Anderson said. "Our alumni and friends are responding positively to the campaign because they understand the challenges the university faces due to declining state support and rising tuition, and they want to be sure this treasure will be here for generations to come."

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Updated: December 22, 2004