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University of Alaska launches largest fundraising campaign in state history

by Green & Gold News  |   

$200 million comprehensive campaign will support investment in students, workforce, economic development and research

The University of Alaska system has launched the public phase of For Alaska, a multi-year fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $200 million by 2024. To date, more than $135 million has been raised from more than 16,000 donors since the quiet phase of the campaign began in 2016.

“UAA and the UA system are uniquely positioned to help write the next chapter in Alaska’s history through contributions in research, innovation and economic development,” said Bobi Rinehart, associate vice chancellor for development. “The impact of our graduates in every corner of Alaska and every imaginable sector is awe-inspiring. Through this campaign, and through the power of generosity, we celebrate the enduring contributions of the UA community to serve all Alaskans.”

Four themes — education, workforce, research and economy — are common to the overarching statewide campaign. UAA is also prioritizing support for its student-athletes by adding a fifth campaign priority.

"The purpose of Seawolf Athletics is not only to provide our students who wear the Green & Gold uniform a remarkable education and experience in preparation for their days after UAA, but also to engage our alumni, campus and community at the common points of UAA spirit and pride. Everyone who steps in and supports our programs also makes a statement about all that UAA has to celebrate and be proud of across the university," said Greg Myford, director of athletics.

UA showcased the university system’s priorities and campaign progress with a virtual launch celebration on March 25, hosted by Diane Kaplan, president and CEO of the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation. The event featured an anthem video illustrating the pivotal role of higher education in shaping Alaska’s future, narrated by Willie Hensley, visiting distinguished professor of public policy at UAA.

Watch a recording of the virtual event.

Learn what you and UAA can make possible together at uaa.alaska.edu/foralaska.

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