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Building Our Future: A Campaign for Excellence

Building Our Future

What does Rutgers mean to you?

illustration of buliding Our Rutgers Our Future logoThe university has 390,000 alumni living all over the world. Though they graduated in different eras, from distinct campuses, and pursued varying careers, they all have one thing in common: Rutgers, and the stake they hold in its future.

That stake has grown alongside a sea change in how higher education is funded. Gone are the days when state universities covered the majority of educational costs with state support, and when it was mostly private institutions that relied on fundraising. Today, public funding sources are decreasing, and institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have proven that private donors can—and must—play a strong role in supporting a great public university. At many of them, this is tradition.

Through an ambitious plan to raise $1 billion—the largest fundraising campaign in the university’s nearly 250-year history—Rutgers is following in the path of the nation’s most prominent state universities. Called Our Rutgers, Our Future: A Campaign for Excellence, the campaign seeks donor support for every aspect of the university: students and learning, faculty and research, university and community programs, and campuses and facilities.

Many alumni and donors have already given to the campaign. Click on the links above to read about the profound impact the gifts are having—on them and on the recipients.

Call 888-RU-A-DONOR to discuss a gift, or give online at