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The Invent the Future campaign is UNLV's first major comprehensive fundraising effort. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the campaign by clicking on the links below.

What were the Campaign goals and were they achieved?
In addition to the $500 million fundraising goal, the Invent the Future campaign also had the following goals: (1) Enhance the quality of education and research activities, (2) Raise UNLV's public profile and academic reputation, (3) Broaden alumni support and participation, and involve more people in the life of the university, (4) Strengthen UNLV's ability to impact economic development, (5) Increase fundraising resources and, as a result, the strength of UNLV. The campaign is a "comprehensive" campaign, so every donor who made a gift to UNLV for any purpose is helping to meet the campaign goals.

The specific funding priorities to help achieve those goals are to: (A) Create endowments for academic operations and faculty chairs, (B) Strengthen academic excellence through scholarships and fellowships, (C) Build new facilities for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and the College of Science, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, and (D) Renovate key older facilities and update classrooms with high-technology features. 

Our goals and objectives have been achieved. Funding for endowments for academic operations and faculty chairs as well as for scholarships and fellowships will remain important fundraising priorities for UNLV in the future.

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When did the campaign start, and when will it end?
The "counting period" for the campaign officially started January 1, 2002. The public phase of the campaign was launched on September 15, 2005 and concluded on December 31, 2009.

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How has the money raised benefited students?
Every dollar raised enhances the university, and therefore benefits the students’ experience. Some contributions touched students directly – such as contributions for scholarships, career advising centers, and new and renovated laboratories, etc. Indirectly, funds for faculty research result in enhanced opportunities for student participation, and they attract top graduate students and additional grants, which combine to further enhance the university’s reputation and the value of the students’ degrees.

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How is the $500 million being utilized?
Donors decide which programs they wish to impact with their contributions, therefore over the past eight years, gifts have been designated according to donors' direction. This has been a comprehensive campaign, meaning gifts have been committed and received for a variety of priorities across the campus. 

Approximately 57% of campaign gifts were expendable gifts – contributions which were utilized in their entirety during the campaign. The remaining gift funds have been directed to endowments or are expected in the future through estate commitments and pledge fulfilments.  It is important to recognize that UNLV has not received a single lump sum gift of $537 million; $537 million is the total amount that has been donated or committed by all donors since January 1, 2002.

The chart below illustrates broad giving categories and how donors have allocated to them.


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Who donated the money?
UNLV is fortunate in its donors. As an institution that just reached its 50th year, alumni support grows every year, and support from friends continues to be exceptionally strong. The university also benefits from a dedicated and notably generous Board of Trustees. The chart below illustrates the percentage of donors from each constituency.


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What portion of the funds raised through the campaign will be used to compensate for budget cuts by the state of Nevada?
Private support is not used to fill gaps in state funding. Rather, it provides enhancements to programs and facilities throughout the university taking them from basic levels of support to a level that creates excellence.

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Why does a public university need to do fundraising? Doesn't the state support UNLV?
In the current 2010 fiscal year, Nevada is providing approximately 37 percent of UNLV's budget. At the same time, the outlook for the future is clear: Nevada will never be able to increase its support of UNLV enough to fully meet the basic needs for a research-intensive university, much less provide the additional resources needed to produce superior programs that are nationally recognized. Donor support can provide that difference.

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What are endowments, and why does UNLV need them?
An endowment is a gift that is invested in perpetuity. The original gift amount is invested and income earned provides an annual funding source for scholarships, program support, equipment, etc.  Therefore, a $1 million endowment would provide approximately $40,000 annually to support scholarships, laboratory equipment, or program enhancements.

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Now that the campaign goal has been reached, have all the university's needs been met?
In the strategic planning process UNLV underwent in preparation for the campaign, university officials identified $2.7 billion in campus needs. Still, the $537 million that has been raised through the generosity of tens of thousands of donors has provided a strong foundation of funds to address some of the university's most critical needs.

The success of the Invent the Future campaign, far from marking an end to private support, will help to define future fundraising initiatives. Private contributions are more critical to UNLV than ever; it will be the growing support from dedicated alumni and friends that will ensure UNLV's future for our children, grandchildren, and generations of Nevadans yet to come.

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