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Forward Thinking

The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University

Frank N. Linsalata, Chair, Forward Thinking: The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University

When I reviewed our fundraising totals for Fiscal Year 2013, I closed my note by exhorting our supporters to "set even more records next year."

Wow, did they ever.

In FY 2014, they not only set another all-time annual record for attainment, but they also achieved new highs in nearly two dozen other categories.

Perhaps most impressive, more than half of the new records eclipsed ones set within the past two years.

In other words, you all are bringing new meaning to the term "Momentum" – and we could not be more grateful.

The chart bellows details our fundraising progress since Fiscal Year 2008, President Barbara R. Snyder's first at the university. Every year since you have managed to best the previous mark – this time by more than $5.7 million.

Annual Attainment by Fiscal Year

Included in that overall tally are two schools that hit new all-time annual highs – in each case, for the second straight year:

  • $32.8 million, Case School of Engineering
  • $52.6 million, School of Medicine

In addition, we saw three schools set annual fund records:

  • $345,724, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • $1,086,205, Weatherhead School of Management
  • $2,433,180, School of Medicine

And also saw new records for the athletics and parents annual funds, at just under $160,000 and $65,000, respectively..

No surprise, then, that our overall annual fund also reached a record level, at $10.3 million.

All Time Annual Fund High

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As stunning as this sustained success is, the truth is that we need still more. Our commitment to make Case Western Reserve affordable for every qualified student requires that we raise many more dollars for scholarships. Our dedication to attracting and keeping top scholars demands that we offer more endowed professorships. And our belief in the importance of outstanding educational spaces – be it laboratories, classrooms or performing arts centers – means that we continue to seek support for capital projects.

Capital projects. The phrase sounds rather abstract. But then you think of the building about to open next month in the heart of our campus, the Tinkham Veale University Center. For the past three years we have watched as an open space has filled, first with concrete blocks, then giant girders, and finally huge windows and soaring sheets of metal. Below is a photo of the entrance to the center, which we will open officially at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24.  We begin with a private reception and tours, followed at 6 p.m. by a formal program.

I hope to see you there as we share yet more promising news about our campaign; for now, though, please accept my deepest thanks for all that you do for Case Western Reserve University.

Frank N. Linsalata, Chair
Forward Thinking: The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University

Photo of Entrance to Tinkam Veale University Center