Drury University’s annual fundraising totals increase by 121 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 13, 2018 —Drury University’s annual fundraising increased by 121 percent during the 2017-18 fiscal year, as gifts and commitments totaling $20,898,015 were made to the institution, compared to $9,416,023 last year. This is the second year in a row that Drury has seen an increase in overall gifts and commitments.

The gifts were from donors of all stripes – alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends from 48 states. Alumni donors represented every single class year for the past 70 years, including current students in the classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The continued momentum was capped off by the successful 531 Challenge crowdfunding campaign. This year, Drury took the Challenge online to engage even more donors and alumni. The result: more than 1,000 donors made gifts, the highest number in the event’s five-year history.

The 531 Challenge brought in $214,259 for the Annual Drury Experience Fund, which benefits student scholarships and financial aid, including a generous challenge gift of $50,000 from alumni Ron and Cathy Neville. This helped push the year-end totals past the university’s $1.5 million goal to $1,508,216 for the Annual Drury Experience Fund – an 11 percent increase over the prior year.

“It’s truly inspiring to see so many members of our Drury family doing their part to make the Drury experience possible for today’s students,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for advancement. “We want to see that momentum continue. We’re continually looking at new and meaningful ways to engage our extended university family and amplify the powerful effects of a Drury education.”

“Drury’s mission is to transform the lives of our graduates,” says university president Dr. Tim Cloyd. “We meet that mission through the generous philanthropy of our alumni and friends. This is an exciting time at Drury, and I am grateful that so many members of the Drury family are equally excited about the future of their university.”


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