On November 8, fueled by undeniable momentum and powered by a fiercely passionate Orange community, Syracuse University announced the launch of Forever Orange: The Campaign for Syracuse University. The campaign kicks off as the University celebrates its Sesquicentennial, uniting the Orange community as it collectively reflects on 150 years of impact and fearless firsts.
“Syracuse University is at a pivotal moment,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Higher education looks vastly different now than it did at the University’s founding, 150 years ago. Our world is increasingly complex, and the future demands ideas, inventions, actions and individuals equipped to meet these challenges head on. Together, we can achieve our vision, impact lives and improve our world. That’s the Orange way.”
The resources generated as part of the $1.5 billion campaign will support and accelerate three equally important Academic Strategic Plan priorities: advancing academic excellence, providing an unsurpassed student experience, and creating unique learning opportunities—particularly in service to veterans, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and passion for entrepreneurship and innovation—to impact our world in extraordinary ways.
The campaign, the most ambitious in Syracuse University’s history, has already raised more than $770 million toward the goal. The University has also set its sights on a total of 125,000 unique donors participating, ultimately demonstrating significant support for and belief in Syracuse University’s position as a top international research university.
The campaign launch was preceded by a week of events, including Boost the ’Cuse: 44 Hours for Syracuse University, a giving marathon on November 5 and 6 benefiting all areas of the University. Boost the ’Cuse raised more than $2.5 million
from more than 6,200 donors. As part of this effort, 185 donors supported the Office of Multicultural Advancement with gifts of more than $37,000.
The Office of Multicultural Advancement has set a goal to raise $2 million from Syracuse University’s diverse alumni in 2020—funds that will support scholarships for SU’s increasingly diverse student body. “This is the time for all alumni to participate, at whatever level they can,” says Rachel Vassel ’91, assistant vice president of multicultural advancement. “All gifts matter, and together we can support future generations of students in becoming Forever Orange.”