Gifts to MU totaled $200 million in fiscal year 2019, breaking the previous record of $170 million set in 2016 by 18% .
Campus dignitaries, faculty, staff and students gathered Wednesday morning in the Jesse Hall rotunda to celebrate the donations and to announce a pending gift to the MU School of Law.
Alumnus Charles Wall announced that he will ask the Wall Family Foundation to give $4.5 million, $2 million of which would be used for law student scholarships. The other $2.5 million would support the Wall Chair in Corporate Law and a new Wall Chair in Constitutional Law.
“I want all future University of Missouri School of Law graduates to know they can compete with graduates from any law school in the country,” Wall said in a news release. “I’ve seen firsthand the results of investing in MU and its students, and continuing my commitment to that vision is important to me.”
The $200 million in 2019 gifts includes pledges for future donations and brings the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign total to more than $1.2 billion. The goal for the campaign is $1.3 billion.
Vice Chancellor for Advancement Tom Hiles said the generosity of donors has a great impact on students, faculty and staff.
“What inspires me the most are the scholarships that support our students, the faculty funding that allows us to recruit and retain excellent researchers and the capital that builds world-class teaching and research spaces,” Hiles said. “I will put our team and Mizzou donors up against anyone in the country.”
The Our Time to Lead campaign focuses on strengthening endowments, enhancing MU’s status with the Association of American Universities, building new facilities and renovating existing ones, and developing student success initiatives.