NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For the first time in its history, Rutgers has raised more than $200 million in an academic year.  

Rutgers alumni and friends of the university helped raise a record $209.1 million in the past year – 11 percent higher than the previous record set in 2015. The funds will be used to support student scholarships across the institution, groundbreaking research, athletics, and new programs and facilities aimed at improving health in New Jersey, according to the Rutgers Unversity Foundation.

“Thanks to the increasing generosity of our donors, Rutgers University can provide greater resources to our outstanding students and exceptional faculty,” said Robert Barchi,  Rutgers president. “This record year of giving shows tremendous support for our university's goals and our vision for the future.”

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The gifts will support the five-year strategic plan, adopted in February 2014 by the Rutgers Board of Governors, which outlines ambitious aspirations for the university.

“Raising more than $200 million in one year sets a new standard that is critical to the institution and to all the people and causes the university reaches worldwide through education, research, and service,” said Nevin Kessler, Rutgers University Foundation president. “This milestone is further evidence that gifts of all sizes are fueling Rutgers’ momentum and providing opportunities for alumni and friends to make their mark and help the university expand its ability to transform lives.”

Rutgers’ record-breaking fundraising year, which ran from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, was achieved, in part, because of a record number of donors – 49,736 – to the university. The year also saw a significant increase in the number of donors making gifts of $1 million or more. Gifts totaling more than $124 million were made by these donors, including more than $41 million in new bequest intentions.

Highlights from the past year include:

  • The Pussycat Foundation will provide leadership development and scholarships for women at the Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University–Newark through a $1.37 million grant to the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network.
  • An $18 million investment from RWJBarnabas Health is helping create the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, a multisport training complex and sports medicine program that will help Rutgers’ student-athletes perform at a championship level.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is advancing health and wellness in the Garden State through several grants that will include $5 million to enhance and expand the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; $4.18 million to promote effective health policy in New Jersey and support the New Jersey Health Care Policy Center’s State Health Initiatives program; and $998,900 to help researchers measure community activities and assist organizations in building a culture of health in New Jersey. 
  • An anonymous donor gave $5 million to support Rutgers athletics.
  • More than 430 donors contributed a total of $3 million to establish the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies. The holder of the chair will address the ways technology and new media are reshaping culture and develop programs to promote a more inclusive media landscape.
  • Marian Wissman created an endowed chair, the Herman L. and Marilyn M. Wissman Chair in Economics at Rutgers University–Camden, through a bequest intention of $3 million. The chair is the second in Rutgers–Camden’s history. 
  • Gary M. RC’74 and Barbara W. DC’76 Rodkin and the Rodkin Family Foundation are empowering exceptional learning and discovery at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.Their gifts totaling $3.2 million will establish the Rodkin Science Scholars Endowment and the Rodkin Global Service-Learning Endowment at Douglass Residential College and prepare underrepresented middle and high school students for college through the Rutgers Future Scholars program. 
  • Aimee Ramcharran PHARM’04 and Bibiano and Asuncion de Chavez are providing life-changing student support with a $1 million gift to an endowed scholarship and endowed excellence fund at Rutgers Business School in memory of Jayceryll Malabuyoc de Chavez LC’99.
  • The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation pledged $1 million to support scholarships at both Rutgers Law School and the Mason Gross School of the Arts that will attract talented students who reflect the diversity of New Jersey and the nation.
  • The Good Ventures Foundation, which was founded by Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, and his wife, Cari Tuna, donated $2.98 million to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences to support research on the impact of nuclear war being conducted by Alan Robock, a distinguished professor in the school.

Significant gifts and pledges made to Rutgers between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017:

$18 million investment from RWJBarnabas Health to create best-in-class sports medicine program and sports facility.

$5 million from an anonymous donor to support Rutgers athletics.

$5 million from RWJ Foundation to enhance and expand Child Health Institute of NJ at RWJMS.

$4.18 million from RWJ Foundation to support advancement of effective health policy in NJ and technical assistance and direction of NJ Health Care Policy Center’s State Health Initiatives program.

$4.1 million from Leora M. Sies Theater Fund Foundation to support production of plays, especially Shakespeare.

$3.2 million from Gary M. RC’74 and Barbara W. DC’76 Rodkin and the Rodkin Family Foundation to establish science scholars and global service-learning endowments at Douglas Residential College; to benefit the Douglass Residential College Global Village Fund; and to support middle and high school students in the Rutgers Future Scholars program.

$3 million from Marian Wissman to create the Herman L. and Marilyn M. Wissman Chair in Economics at Rutgers University–Camden. The endowed chair is the second in Rutgers–Camden’s history.

$3 million from more than 430 donors to establish the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies. The holder of the chair will address the ways technology and new media are reshaping culture and develop programs to promote a more inclusive media landscape.

$2.98 million from the Good Ventures Foundation to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences to support research by Professor Alan Robock on the impact of nuclear war.

$2.05 million from anonymous donor to create endowed scholarship for Rutgers Future Scholars.

$1.79 million from William Penn Foundation to support the GSE NIEER and Philly pre-k program.

$1.69 million from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to benefit Dr. Chakhalian’s research in physics.

$1.37 million from Pussycat Foundation to benefit BOLD Women’s Leadership Network in support of Rutgers–Newark Honors Living-Learning community.

$1.25 million from anonymous donor to support Rutgers Law School at Camden dean’s excellence fund.

$1 million from Sharon Karmazin DC’67, SCILS’69 to provide services for adults with autism, helping them lead independent and fulfilling lives.

$1 million from Bruce S. Nicholas ENG’49 and Phyllis Walker Nicholas to support the renovation of the Nicholas Music Center.

$1 million from Philip and Janice Levin Foundation to support scholarships at Rutgers Law School and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

$1 million from Robert LC’86 and Laurie Platek to support the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance center.

$1 million from Aimee Ramcharran PHARM’04 and Bibiano and Asuncion de Chavez to benefit the Malabuyoc de Chavez endowed fund and endowed scholarship at Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick.

$998,900 and $849,262 from RWJ Foundation to facilitate measurement of activity in promoting culture of health and for Center for State Health Policy for assessing perspectives on health.