University of Miami’s Momentum2 Campaign Hits Billion-Dollar Mark

MIAMI, October 29, 2012 —The University of Miami announced that Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami has hit the $1 billion mark, putting the University on the fast track to reach the campaign’s fundraising goal of $1.6 billion in 2016.

“The success of this campaign is proof that focused leadership and unwavering dedication by people who love this University can make our vision of an academic powerhouse a reality,” says Leonard Abess, chair of UM’s Board of Trustees and co-chair, with his wife Jayne, of Momentum2.

The $1 billion raised to date is from over 100,000 donors, of which 124 have given $1 million or more.

“Our donors have made a choice to invest in the next great American university,” says President Donna E. Shalala. “Their generous support will enable us to continue recruiting the brightest students and top faculty and have first-class facilities for them.”

Supporters of the University of Miami and the Momentum2 campaign range from dedicated philanthropists who have provided steady and generous support over many years to recent graduates just starting out in their careers. Some are longtime staff members, parents of current students, members of the local community, and/or among UM’s more than 157,000 living alumni. In addition, supporters include foundations, businesses, and other enterprises whose missions complement those of the University.

For more information on the University of Miami’s Momentum2 campaign, visit .

Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami seeks to advance learning, elevate scholarship, and make bold strides in health care in the community, across the country, and around the world. Momentum2 comes on the heels of the institution’s record-breaking Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, which concluded at the end of 2007 and raised more than $1.4 billion for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, facilities, academic and medical programs, and other initiatives.

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.

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