Commit to Georgia

November 22, 2016
by Jere W. Morehead, President

The University of Georgia has launched the largest capital campaign in the history of our great institution. Aptly named Commit to Georgia, this campaign aims to raise $1.2 billion in private support to amplify the impact of our students, faculty, and staff on the world around us. The campaign is guided by three priorities: (1) eliminating financial barriers and opening doors for our students, (2) enhancing our learning environment, and (3) solving grand challenges for our state and the world.

By raising private support for scholarships and need-based aid, we will ensure that academically qualified students will have access to a UGA education, regardless of their financial background. We were excited to announce last week a lead gift of $30 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in support of this most important priority. To enhance our learning environment, we will provide additional resources to expand experiential learning opportunities, and we will continue to build state-of-the-art facilities to promote the highest levels of teaching and learning. This campaign also will strengthen our research enterprise through the creation of additional endowed chairs and professorships to help UGA attract and retain the very best faculty. In addition, it will support outreach programs that apply our vast resources to problems in communities near and far.

The Commit to Georgia campaign will elevate teaching, research, and service at this University to heights never before imagined. The success of our efforts will be measured not only by the number of dollars raised but also by the number of lives changed.