As the new year rolls along, I’m happy to offer some hopeful news. Despite the challenges posed by the economic recession, the University of Pittsburgh campaign ended 2009 on a positive note, thanks to all of you. We ended our past fiscal year in July 2009, by raising more than $100 million in commitments for the sixth consecutive year.
The fiscal environment has been challenging for our entire nation. Even so, we have found that our donors have remained engaged with Pitt and dedicated to helping us raise funds, especially in support of Pitt students.
Moving forward, there’s more good news. The University of Pittsburgh’s African American Alumni Council has launched the public phase of a $3 million campaign to fund scholarships for underrepresented students. The launch was part of the Sankofa Homecoming Weekend, celebrating diversity gains at Pitt during the past four decades.
The campaign is providing aid through several channels, including a scholarship fund that honors the late Bebe Moore Campbell—an alumnus, Pitt trustee, and nationally acclaimed best-selling author—who was a great believer in the power of education and the spirit of giving. Another endowed fund honors Jack L. Daniel—an alumnus, faculty member, and former vice provost at Pitt—who has encouraged diversity throughout his years as a student and academic leader.
To help Pitt support its students, please contact us by phone at 1-800-817-8943 or go online to www.giveto.pitt.edu. Thank you for your continued support of the University and its endeavors to create a better future for all of us.
Hail to Pitt!
Albert J. Novak Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement