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The Year of Opportunity — Donors to Date

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WE DID IT! UNE Campaign Goal Met Early!

Thanks to the generosity of so many who have invested in the University of New England and its promise, we have reached—and passed—our Moving Forward Capital Campaign goal of $60 million, five months ahead of schedule. This milestone was achieved thanks to numerous contributions at the end of 2016, including a $1 million commitment, details of which will be announced soon.

Gifts from $1 to $10 Million added up to make this possible, and the number of donors is as inspiring as the dollar total. Hundreds of faculty and staff, thousands of alumni, trustees, foundations, businesses, friends and even family, have given in order to benefit our students and the communities we serve. With ongoing support, the university will continue to grow in its well-deserved reputation of excellence and innovation in the health professions and the arts and sciences.

The campaign has made so much possible, from the new Harold Alfond Forum to the College of Dental Medicine, from Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarships to the Student Emergency Fund. In announcing the public phase of the campaign in 2014, President Danielle Ripich said, “This campaign is about more than building capital. It is also about building awareness and appreciation for our emerging university.” 

Thanks to the strategic initiatives philanthropy has helped make possible, the university continues to move forward with initiatives such as the construction of Innovation Hall on the Portland Campus and the Student Commons in Biddeford, the expansion of the athletic program to include Women’s Rugby and the university’s first-ever football program in the fall of 2017 and the growth of online programs and innovative digital learning.

As we celebrate reaching the campaign’s overall goal, we endeavor to ensure that every student who aspires to be part of the UNE experience has the opportunity to do so. We continue to build future support on the foundation past philanthropy has made possible. We thank every donor to date, and we look forward to celebrating UNE and the campaign’s ultimate success after adding the gifts we still hope to receive between now and May 31, 2017.

Bill Chance
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

UNE’s Year of Opportunity

The Vision 2017 ten-year strategic plan developed under the leadership of President Danielle N. Ripich is largely completed. But before we can declare the campaign a complete success, we still have a little more work to do in order to ensure that every student who aspires to be part of the UNE experience has the Opportunity to do so. That’s why contributions for scholarships and student support will be our primary focus during the final year of the Moving Forward campaign, the Year of Opportunity.

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