February 6, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Beginning in July 2006 the University of Alaska Anchorage posed an ongoing challenge to its alumni: Make a difference for your alma mater. With the help of the Rasmuson Foundation, alumni of UAA were challenged to make a philanthropic gift for the very first time as part of the Rasmuson Challenge to Alumni. Any new alumni gift or pledge of $1,000 to the University was matched by the Foundation, doubling its impact.
The Rasmuson Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Alaskans, generously awarded UAA a $100,000 challenge grant to support increased alumni giving. The Rasmuson Challenge to Alumni officially ended on December 31, 2007, meeting 100 percent of the $100,000 dollar-for-dollar match of eligible gifts. The net result was $200,000 of impact from the generosity of UAA alums. Alumni giving also exceeded that amount with an additional $7,925 in gifts. As a result of the campaign’s energetic response and great success, Chancellor Fran Ulmer has agreed to match the additional gifts through her discretionary University of Alaska Foundation account, thus providing impact to the program areas that UAA alums desire to support.
Gifts from this challenge grant have touched every corner of UAA, including all of UAA’s schools and colleges, 38 different departments, several extended campuses and at least 51 specific University of Alaska Foundation funds. The WWAMI Biomedical Program (Alaska’s Medical School) has received impressive support from its alumni, along with the College of Arts and Sciences, and the UAA Alumni Association.
“It’s exciting to see so many UAA alumni step up and show their support,” said Julia Martinez, UAA’s Annual Giving Manager. “The Rasmuson Foundation match opportunity allowed alumni to leverage their gifts and double their impact to the University. Philanthropy to UAA is growing, and our alumni are leading the way!”
For more information on the Rasmuson Challenge to Alumni, or giving to UAA, contact UAA’s Office of Development at (907) 786-4847 or visit http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/advancement/giving/.