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UHV sees 231 percent increase in donations, breaks record

Sept. 28, 2013 at 4:28 a.m.

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The University of Houston-Victoria broke its own fundraising record by raising $1.8 million from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31.

The 2012-13 donations were 231 percent higher than the previous year. The funds raised include financial support from businesses, foundations and individuals such as university faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters. The total does not include federal and state funds.

The record level of support included a 34 percent increase in new donors from the previous year. Some of these new donors are from the greater Houston area, where UHV offers many academic programs at UH Sugar Land, the UH System at Cinco Ranch, Houston Community College Northwest in Katy and the Lone Star College University Center at Montgomery in The Woodlands.

"Reaching this new milestone has been a universitywide effort," said Greg Rutzen, associate vice president and chief advancement officer for the UHV Office of University Advancement. "I would like to thank the school deans for their instrumental efforts in attracting support in Victoria and greater Houston."

The funds will be used for academic programs, professorships, athletics and scholarships. University President Phil Castille said funding for scholarships is imperative to attract more students.

"With record-breaking enrollment numbers, UHV is always looking for ways to meet the Crossroads region's growing higher education needs," Castille said. "External giving provides merit-based scholarship opportunities to attract more top-ranking high school students to our Victoria campus. These scholarships augment the need-based grants and scholarships we offer and enhance UHV's appeal as a destination university."

Charles Alcorn III, director of corporate and foundation relations for UHV University Advancement, said contributions from university faculty, staff and an alumni network of more than 14,000 demonstrates to foundations and businesses that UHV draws support from within.

"Every gift makes a positive difference across our campus," he said. "It is a big help for the future, as we have so much more work to do to support our new programs, buildings and students."

UHV's largest individual gift ever was $1 million from Victoria businessman Albert Alkek in 1988 during the 1987 to 1989 Margin of Excellence Campaign. The campaign raised $2.5 million in three years.

For more information about contribution opportunities, contact the UHV Office of University Advancement at 361-570-4812 or Rutzen at rutzeng@uhv.edu.

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