Giving to Yale

Campaign Committees Gear Up for Final Year

The new Maurice R. Greenberg International Conference Center was the main venue for the April 7–8 meeting of the the Yale Tomorrow Campaign Committees.

Members of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign Committees met April 7–8 in New Haven to prepare for the home stretch of Yale’s five-year, $3.5 billion fundraising campaign, which will end June 30, 2011. The two-day gathering featured a University update by Yale President Richard C. Levin and presentations by faculty leaders in both the arts and sciences.

The event began with dinner Wednesday evening at Library Court in the Yale Center for British Art. The next morning, committee members met at the Maurice R. Greenberg International Conference Center, and they concluded the event later that day with presentations at Horchow Hall.

Among the featured speakers was Ernesto Zedillo, the Frederick Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and former president of Mexico.

Inge T. Reichenbach, vice president for development, reported that the Campaign currently stands at $2.932 billion dollars, or about 83.8 percent of the $3.5 billion goal. In the final year of the Campaign, fundraising will focus on areas most critical to faculty and student excellence, including professorships, financial aid, annual giving, and selected facilities projects.

In his remarks, President Levin reflected on the University’s recent accomplishments and expressed his confidence that members of the Yale community would meet and exceed the Campaign goals despite the downturn in the economy. “We don’t want to limp to the finish line,” he said. “That’s not the Yale way.”

(May 4, 2010)