College Increases Donor Base, Raises $7.8 Million in 2016-17

July 12, 2017

A 9.4 percent increase in the number of contributors making gifts to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine helped fuel a strong fundraising performance. A total of 4,303 donors made gifts during the just-concluded fiscal year.

“Our total number of donors is not only our second-best year ever,” says chief development officer Bill Venne, “we’re also one of the University units leading the way to attracting more contributors.”

For total dollars raised, the $7.8 million in 2016-17 is the college’s third-highest amount in commitments raised in a single year. The college set a record the previous year by raising $12.5 million in commitments, and the second-best year came in 2010 when $9.9 million was raised.

“We are very proud and appreciative of our broad base of supporters,” Venne says. “Every gift from our alumni and friends is meaningful, and will help advance the college’s mission. We are committed to improving veterinary care, education, and research around the world, and offering great service to our community through The Raptor Center and the Veterinary Medical Center. None of the progress could occur if not for the partnership of our donors.”