UM system gets record $149 million

Private giving is 13% more than last year, 50% above fiscal 1997

$81.7 million to College Park

Effort on track to raise $700 million in seven-year project

November 02, 1999|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

Private gifts to the schools in the University System of Maryland totaled just less than $150 million in the last fiscal year, pushing the total in the first four years of the system's seven-year, $700 million campaign to $473 million.

The $149.2 million in gifts in fiscal year 1999 was a record for the system -- a 13 percent increase over the last year and a 50 percent rise from two years ago.

More than half the money, $81.7 million, was given to the University of Maryland, College Park where C. D. "Dan" Mote Jr. was hired as president last year in part because state officials hoped his fund-raising prowess -- Mote raised hundreds of millions at the University of California, Berkeley -- would help vault UMCP into the top rank of state universities.

"This is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of our presidents, deans, provosts and their development staffs," said Donald P. Langenberg, system chancellor, of the fund-raising success.

"There is a knack to raising money, and I know for the last decade that I have been here, our presidents have been working very hard to develop these skills," he said. "It has paid off."

Langenberg, who noted that the system attracted less than $90 million a year five years ago, said raising this kind of money makes raising more money easier.

"One development friend of mine once told me that no one buys a Buick because they feel sorry for General Motors," he said. "People like to give to institutions they perceive as winners, and one thing they look for is how many other people are making major gifts."

The system, which comprises 13 institutions -- 11 degree-granting schools and two research facilities -- is in the fourth year of a seven-year campaign.

"I fully expect to finish up that campaign in the next couple of years," Langenberg said. "We should meet or exceed that target."

UMCP's $81.7 million last year brought it to $252 million of its $350 million goal.

Among other institutions:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore raised $34 million last year, putting its total at $109 million of its $173 million goal.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County raised $10.6 million last year, giving it $38.9 million of its $50 million goal.

Towson University raised $3.6 million last year, raising its total to $11.3 million of a goal of $17.5 million.

The University of Baltimore raised $2.8 million last year, bringing its total to $10.7 million of a goal of $16.2 million

The fund-raising figures occur soon after another milestone for the system, as its 13 institutions received $500 million in grants and contracts in the 1999 fiscal year.

This figure, a record for the system, is 6.8 percent higher than the 1998 figure. The grant and contract total has grown at an annual rate of 10 percent since 1990, when the system attracted $210 million.

"This is a due to the investment the state has made in these institutions," Langenberg said. "We are getting more and more competitive in what is a very competitive field.

"It takes excellent people to get these kinds of grants, but you can't get a grant to do research if you don't have the laboratory to do the work," he said, indicating that new building projects have helped attract this money.

Federal funding was responsible for 64 percent of the grants, while 19 percent was from state and local governments and 17 percent from private sources. Much of this year's increase occurred at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, which saw its total of grants and contracts grow by 13.5 percent to $165 million.

Officials said that the system attracted $90 million in grants in 1990. "Our schools are very steadily moving up the ladder in the National Science Foundation lists," Langenberg said.

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