SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2017 — Annual fundraising at Drury University increased by 24.8 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, as gifts and commitments totaling $9,416,023 were made to the institution compared to $7,540,529 the prior year.
The total represents one of the school’s best annual fundraising efforts in recent memory. The increase over the previous year is due in part to a five-fold rise in planned gifts, which totaled $4,285,000 this year, compared to $805,000 in FY 2016.
“We are grateful for the trust that our alumni and donors have in Drury and for their commitment to the university’s future,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for advancement. “Over the past year, we’ve made an effort to increase engagement with alumni on several fronts, including through events in Springfield and around the country that have been well attended. The dollar amounts are wonderful to see, but above all else I am truly pleased to see so many fellow Drury alumni reconnecting with our alma mater.”
“Drury’s road forward to its preferred horizon has always been a course charted in great part by alumni,” says Drury president Dr. Tim Cloyd. “It is the alumni who continually pave this road for future generations to travel as they seek out their own horizons, and their own preferred futures.”
Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community.