The Curry School of Education Foundation announced that its Annual Fund experienced unprecedented growth in both dollars and donors in fiscal year 2016, making it the largest fundraising year for the Annual Fund in the past five years.
Cash contributions to the Annual Fund totaled $561,881 for the fiscal year ending June 30, which represents a 56% increase over cash contributions received in fiscal year 2015. Donors to the Annual Fund totaled 1,683, compared to 1,543 in FY15.
"This growth comes as a result of the diligent work of the foundation staff, an engaged and committed foundation board of directors and, ultimately, support from Curry alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends," said Gerald D. Starsia, associate professor and executive director of the foundation. "We are grateful for the effort put forth by the entire Curry community and have even more ambitious goals for the Annual Fund as UVA kicks off its Bicentennial Capital Campaign."
The Annual Fund is comprised of unrestricted gifts to the foundation that provide core support for the Curry School and the operations of the foundation. They can be the most lasting and powerful gifts a donor can make, noted Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School.
"The Bicentennial Campaign will present the most significant opportunity the Curry School has ever had to actualize our collective vision for the future of the school," Pianta said.
Although Annual Fund giving has always helped us keep our edge of excellence, its role will intensify as a foundational resource to catalyze major investments in the school, he added.
"The incredible support of our donors this year reflects a momentum building among people who believe that Curry is poised to make profound impacts on individual lives and society as a whole."