U Iowa leaders announce $1.7B fundraising campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa leaders are kicking off a fundraising drive that they hope will generate $1.7 billion to support scholarships, buildings and research.

University officials announced at an event Thursday that they have raised more than $1 billion since 2008, and have set a new goal of raising a $700 million more by December 2016.

They said the “For Iowa. Forever More” campaign would be the largest fundraising effort in state history and among the most ambitious nationally for a public university of its size.

University President Sally Mason said the campaign will allow the university to “develop new ways to bring its creativity and expertise to the world.”

UI Foundation President Lynette Marshall said the campaign would connect thousands of donors with students, programs and “life-changing educational discoveries.”

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