Director, Advancement Communications
ATLANTA – Georgia State University’s supporters powered the institution to a new one-year fundraising record of $107.7 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
More than 8,300 donors contributed during the period from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, helping Georgia State surpass its previous one-year fundraising record of $66.7 million set last fiscal year.
“I am delighted that through their generosity, our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends, in record numbers, have demonstrated their commitment to Georgia State’s mission. This record level of benefaction reflects their and our belief that not only is Georgia State University the place to be, but also that nurturing Panther potential is a great investment,” said M. Brian Blake, president of Georgia State University. “Their gifts will further fuel our efforts to build on our nationally recognized student success efforts, continue our meteoric growth as a world-class research institute, enhance career readiness and opportunity for all Panthers and create first-of-their-kind campus communities.”
Georgia State established new single year fundraising records in gifts and total dollars to the endowment, total number and dollars raised from planned gifts, and funds raised for new scholarships and programmatic support. There was a significant increase in funds raised to create and name endowed professorships, including five newly named in the College of Arts & Sciences.
“Georgia State has set new fundraising benchmarks each of the last two years because of the generosity of our supporters – both individuals and our corporate and foundation partners – and their trust in our mission and belief in our future,” said Jay Kahn, vice president of advancement and president of the Georgia State Foundation. “We’re grateful for the commitment of our donors and thank them for helping us finish President Blake’s first year stronger than ever, with significantly increased giving to our endowment and more scholarship and programmatic support for more students than ever before.”
The university also set a single-year record for donations from local and national corporations and foundations. Notable gifts include: a $23.6 million gift to fund a partnership between the university and Grady Health System aimed at combatting the national nursing shortage; $5 million from Snap Inc. to the College of Education and Human Development to establish the Snap Inc. Center for Computer and Teacher Education, which will increase diversity in the computer science education field and integrate computer science across curriculums; more than $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation to the university’s Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora for a program studying intersectionality and the South; almost $500,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create the Math Path program, aimed at boosting the pipeline of graduate students in STEM fields from underrepresented groups; and $300,000 from the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact to expand the Georgia State Prison Education Project and support the Place and Race initiative in the College of Arts & Sciences.