April 23, 2010
SMU received $421 million in total commitments to The Second Century Campaign as of February 26, representing more than 56 percent of the $750 million campaign goal. The public phase of the five-year campaign was launched September 2009.
During the February 26 meeting of the SMU Board of Trustees, Campaign Convening Co-chair Gerald J. Ford '66, '69 reported that almost 35 percent of alumni have made a commitment or contribution thus far in the campaign. SMU has set a goal of receiving a campaign gift from at least 50 percent of alumni.
In addition, the University is on track to meet its goal of achieving at least a 25 percent alumni participation rate each year of the campaign, Ford said.
President R. Gerald Turner told Trustees that 64 donors have provided campaign gifts of $1 million or more thus far. By way of comparison, the University received a total of 113 such gifts during the entirety of SMU's last campaign, "A Time to Lead." New gifts include:
President Turner also reported on a full slate of spring campaign activities. Highlights include: