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September 25, 1998

ISU Foundation extends campaign to $425 million

by Dalene Abner, ISU Foundation

With a $300 million goal reached 21 months ahead of schedule, Iowa State is extending the largest fund-raising campaign in its history.

The goal for Campaign Destiny: To Become the Best has been extended to $425 million by June 30, 2000. President Martin Jischke made the announcement Sept. 18 at the university's annual Order of the Knoll fall gala.

"Three years ago, we announced an aggressive goal to raise $300 million over five years to support our quest to become the best," said Jischke, addressing 575 alumni and friends at the event. "Our future, our destiny to become the nation's best land-grant university, was present that night in September 1996. To me, achieving this goal was never a question. It was just a matter of time, given the remarkable history of generosity of Iowa State's donors."

As of Sept. 15, Campaign Destiny had raised $300,332,596. The campaign is conducted by the ISU Foundation.

Overwhelming support from alumni and friends enabled ISU to reach the original $300 million goal in a shorter time frame, said campaign national chair Charles Johnson, the CEO, president and chair of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. "That kind of commitment enthuses this campaign for its remaining two years," he added.

Included in the extended campaign goal is a major fund- raising effort aimed at transforming the College of Business. The initiative includes a new buildng. Other fund-raising initiatives involve a Global Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Reiman Gardens, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, a 4-H/Extension Building and an ISU Honors Program Building.

The ISU Foundation launched Campaign Destiny in September 1996 to raise funds for projects envisioned in Iowa State's strategic plan. In outright and deferred gifts, the campaign has generated approximately $83 million for endowments, $23 million for new and enhanced programs, $55 million for buildings and equipment, $68 million for student financial aid, $10 million toward the Greater University Fund for Excellence, and $62 million for general usage.

"This campaign is impacting every major achievement at Iowa State," Jischke said. "These record-setting private gifts are improving, retooling or centralizing our facilities. They are helping to shape the programs that are teaching students the skills they need for the 21st century."

Through Campaign Destiny gifts, the university is proceeding with such projects as:

Campaign Destiny gifts established the university's first named school, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. They created the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneur-ship in the College of Business.

One of the most dramatic campaign achievements is the President's Scholarship Campaign, which has generated almost $68 million in new scholarship gifts.

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