WMU News

Trustees receive gift report

Dec. 20, 2004

KALAMAZOO--During the three-month period of Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, Western Michigan University received gifts totaling $3,232,242, bringing the year-to-date total since the July 1 start of the fiscal year to $4,058,064.

A report at the Dec. 10 meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees indicates the current fiscal-year total is approximately 50 percent of the $8.1 million received during the first four months of the previous fiscal year. The year-to-year difference can be credited entirely to a few very large gifts and pledge payments, which were received in July 2003 for the university's now-concluded Centennial Campaign. Omitting July from the comparisons, the amount received August through October 2004 is $653,590 or 20 percent more than for the same three months one year ago, according to Bud Bender, WMU vice president for development and executive director of the WMU Foundation.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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