College sets records in fundraising, alumni engagement

September 12, 2018

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) had more donors than any other college at the University of Minnesota in the previous fiscal year. A total of 4,558 donors made 9,252 gifts in fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30. Both are College records. Only U of M Athletics, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota surpassed the CVM in number of donors.

The College’s donor community contributed $10,719,917 in the past year, the CVM’s second-highest yearly fundraising total. Of that total, over $6 million were planned gifts—meaning donors are investing in the future of the College. The Raptor Center received $2,837,048 of the overall total, which is a new record for that program.

“These results, along with our dramatic increases in alumni engagement figures, illustrate the passion our alumni feel for animals,” notes Bill Venne, the CVM’s director of development and alumni relations. “Our alumni also view the College as a key player in advancing animal, human, and environmental health.”

In the three years since the University of Minnesota Alumni Association began tracking alumni engagement, the number of CVM alumni participating in University programs has jumped from 51 to 65 percent.