Photograph by Jamie Betts

Annual giving to the university continued its momentum with one of the best fiscal years on record in 2018-19. Targeted giving programs and days that highlighted the direct impact that annual gifts have on students on campus today had particular success.

The Spiders Helping Spiders giving push in November 2018 netted more than $70,000 to support the Student Emergency Fund (to cover unexpected needs), the Career Opportunity Fund (to cover expenses associated with interviewing), and financial aid.

UR’s first giving day in April attracted more than $350,000 from 2,475 donors in all 50 states and 11 countries, and a renewed on-campus campaign prompted a 123% increase in giving by faculty and staff.

“The growth in philanthropy is a testament to the generosity of our Spider community and how much this place and our students mean to us all,” said Martha Callaghan, interim vice president for advancement. 

Approximately 9,800 alumni made gifts to the university during the fiscal year, which ended June 30. The total number of givers to UR was 15,399, a number that also includes current students and more than 2,300 family members of current students and alumni. The final figure also includes donors not otherwise affiliated with UR who lent their support.

Total new gifts and commitments for the year topped $46 million. More than $400,000 of the cash gifts received came in increments of $100 or less.