UNT's fundraising total for 2017 breaks university record

Sept. 21, 2017

Dear UNT Colleagues,

This year the Advancement team has achieved its highest fundraising total ever with more than $30.1M in commitments. I am proud to announce this fiscal year 2017 total includes $19.6 million in cash contributions, as well as multi-year pledges and estate gift commitments.

Our alumni and friends made a real difference this past year in supporting the vision and making an impact on UNT and the lives of our students. The Advancement team worked hard to identify and engage new prospects as well as reconnect our alumni and friends to UNT.

Highlights of the 2016-17 fiscal year include:

  • UNT increased major gifts (gifts $25k or more) by 49.6 percent over last year.
  • UNT Annual Giving (gifts under $25k) grew commitments more than 17.8 percent. It also established the Diamond Eagles Giving Society, a fundraising effort created to make an immediate impact on UNT priorities.
  • Advancement events, including the Wingspan Gala and the Kuehne Speaker Series, generated $1.49 million in revenue.
  • Other areas of growth include planned and estate giving and endowment fundraising. Planned gifts rose 33 percent to $7.5 million. Donors to UNT created 39 new endowments with the UNT Foundation. Those gifts include a $1.5 million endowment from alumnus Don Millican (ʼ74) and his wife, Donna, to establish the Don and Donna Millican Endowed Chair in Accounting at the UNT College of Business.

There is no better time than now to invest in our university. With more than 10,000 donors and 14,000 alumni association members, we are poised to continue to grow and connect with our alumni and friends. This year’s achievements are only the beginning of how our fellow alumni and supporters are making a difference in the lives of students and generations to come.



David F. Wolf, Ph.D. ’04

Vice President for Advancement