Clemson University fundraising tops record $150 million

By: Staff Report

CLEMSON — Private gifts to Clemson University and IPTAY in the fiscal year ending June 30 set annual fundraising records for the university.

The $151.3 million raised this year includes $100.1 million in cash gifts, pledges and gifts-in-kind; $11.5 million in planned gifts; and $39.7 million raised by IPTAY through its annual fund to support athletics. Clemson’s second-annual Give Day contributed more than $2 million from 3,265 donors.

This is the sixth consecutive year that annual fundraising at Clemson has exceeded $100 million.

Highlights from the year include the largest grant-in-kind in Clemson history from Siemens for software with a commercial value of more than $357 million and a gift of software valued at $26.7 million from Esko for Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics.

Other gifts include:

• $2.5 million from Melvin and Dollie Younts, Clemson’s sixth Cornerstone Partner for Athletics, to renovate the South Club at Memorial Stadium;

• $1.2 million from William H. “Bill” Pelham through the Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation to support the Clemson’s School of Architecture and the Clemson Architectural Foundation; and

• $1 million from Peter LeRoy “Roy” McCall Jr. for students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

There were 13 one-time gifts exceeding $1 million.

More than 24,000 alumni supported the university with annual gifts this past year resulting in a 23.2 percent participation rate, one of the highest in the nation.

In 2016, Clemson celebrated the successful completion of The Will to Lead capital campaign, which raised more than $1.06 billion to support students, faculty and staff with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.

This year, 97 new scholarships and fellowships were created, 66 new endowments were established and numerous academic and athletic facility builds or renovations were funded. There were 685 faculty and staff members who made gifts.

Total cash to the university’s endowment through the academic and IPTAY endowments topped $24 million. To learn more visit,

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