U Of A Launches Campaign Arkansas To Raise $1 Billion

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The University of Arkansas launched its multi-year fundraising effort named Campaign Arkansas.

The goal of the campaign is to raise a total of $1 billion to support the university’s academic mission and other priorities.

“One of the top priorities of the campaign is to increase need-based scholarships for Arkansans, but that’s just the beginning,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said. “Our commitment to Campaign Arkansas is critical to the future of the University of Arkansas and our efforts to keep tuition affordable while enhancing academic opportunities for our faculty and students. Without increases in state funding, private fundraising is the mechanism that allows us to support student scholarships, research and innovation, study aboard opportunities, the creation of new interdisciplinary programs and the renovation of our existing facilities.”

The campaign will raise funds for scholarships and fellowships, endowed chairs, capital projects, interdisciplinary academic programs and other priority areas that will advance the goals and objectives of the university.

“Clearly, the impact of our previous campaign is still being felt on our campus today,” said interim vice chancellor for university advancement Mark Power. “We hope to build upon that foundation with Campaign Arkansas. We believe our alumni and friends are excited about the opportunity to support the programs and needs that mean the most to them while taking the university to new heights.”

The campaign is scheduled to end on June 30, 2020. The campaign’s volunteer leadership committee voted to set the initial goal of $1 billion at the fall meeting on Friday. (Sept. 16).

Campaign Arkansas will benefit all colleges and schools on campus, as well as units such as diversity affairs, student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, the Arkansas Alumni Association, university bands, the Pryor Center and university libraries.  Each college, school and unit is represented by volunteers who serve on the Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee. Each unit also has its own committee of volunteers dedicated to unit-level success.

“I am very excited to be leading Campaign Arkansas through its launch this year,” said UA System Board of Trustees chair Reynie Rutledge. “One of the great things about the campaign will be its support of Chancellor Steinmetz’s strategic goals for the university. The Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee will be leading the charge to raise money for these priorities, which will ultimately elevate our campus to the next level and continue to make it accessible for students from Arkansas.”

To learn more and join the effort, visit campaign.uark.edu.