For Alaska Campaign update

TOD A. BURNETT, ED.D. Campaign report cover
President | University of Alaska Foundation

I am pleased to share a University of Alaska Foundation report about ways generous donors are shaping Alaska’s future through higher education.

Donor support is having a broad, profound impact on Alaska’s three distinguished public universities: University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast. Philanthropy and charitable giving are accelerating our universities’ ability to create world-class programs, attract and retain top faculty and staff, and underwrite important research.

Each and every gift is ultimately reflected in the success of our students, who will be our nurses, pilots, business managers, teachers, artists, and many other leaders contributing to the success of our economy and communities.

I am thrilled to report that For Alaska, the University of Alaska system’s first comprehensive philanthropic campaign, is close to achieving its $200 million goal. We are grateful to each of the more than 18,000 donors who have propelled us forward with their generous contributions. The campaign officially ends in June 2024 making it likely that we will exceed our goal, which is good news. Funds raised through the campaign have touched every area of the UA system, supporting education that is so vital to our state’s future.

In September UA is celebrating an important milestone in its history marking 100 years since the first student walked into a university classroom. Over the past 100 years the rate of societal and technological change has been exponential. What remains constant is our steadfast focus on doing what is best for our students, our Alaska’s economy, and the future of our state.

As I reflect on the past year, I’m reminded of and thankful for the incredible people like you—the generous and dedicated members of the UA system community who rise to the occasion time and time again. Thank you for everything you do to support our three universities and the UA Foundation.