Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A major 'Boone' in ASU fundraising

First of all, my apologies for such a horrible pun in the headline. However, the good folks up in Boone should be proud of themselves with word coming that Appalachian State University's fundraising efforts are reaching all-time highs.

The school's "supporters set a single-year school record in giving this past fiscal year, with donations of $24.7 million, ASU officials said.

"The donations of cash, securities, and other gifts, such as real estate, were nearly double the amount given the previous year," says the Winston-Salem Journal.

"The biggest single item was an estate gift of more than $8 million, which will provide money for scholarships, equipment and instruments at the Hayes School of Music. ...

"The success of the Mountaineers' three-in-a-row national champion football team also played a role in the increased giving.

"Donations for student-athlete scholarships were $2.3 million, about $1 million more than the previous year. Donations for the Athletic Facilities Enhancement Campaign, which includes improvements to the football stadium, were nearly $2 million, which is also about $1 million more than the previous year. ..."

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