‘Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton’ raises $101 million



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JONATHAN COHEN
Paul Turovsky, left, was chair of the Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton campaign. He is thanked by President Harvey Stenger at a press conference announcing that the campaign's goal had been succeeded.

Showing no challenge is insurmountable, Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton — The Campaign for Binghamton University raised $101.22 million to enhance educational opportunities for students, foster innovative research by faculty and strengthen the University for years to come, President Harvey Stenger announced July 19.

Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton met its initial $95 million goal, then set the bar higher at $100 million. More than 30,000 donors answered the call for support, successfully pushing the campaign past its new goal.

“It was a risk we took. It was the right risk,” Stenger told the crowd of University leaders and other campaign supporters who gathered in the lobby of the Couper Administration Building to hear the grand total and celebrate the campaign’s success.

Stenger said Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton, which ended June 30, will have a positive impact on all areas of the University:

• $45.28 million was raised for student excellence, including scholarships and fellowships.

• $45.56 million was raised for faculty and academic excellence, such as adding faculty and providing faculty awards for academic achievement.

• $10.38 million was directed to The Binghamton Fund, which supplies discretionary support for the University’s greatest needs.

“It hasn’t always been an easy task,” said Paul Turovsky, chair of Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton and the Binghamton University Foundation board of directors. “The campaign has faced many challenges.”

For instance, the campaign took place during a recession, he said.

“Despite the challenges, we have succeeded,” Turovsky said.

Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton, which began seven years ago, is only the second fundraising campaign ever launched by the University. Still, it raised more than twice the amount raised in the first campaign, Believe in Binghamton.

Turovsky highlighted several special gifts made as part of Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton:

• $6 million from an anonymous donor in 2009.

• Several gifts totaling $43.6 million in engineering software from Siemens.

• $1 million from Charles and Jean Kim to support curriculum development and student scholarships.

• $1.5 million from the Decker Foundation to support University Health Services.

The generosity and support of donors — including alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and friends of the University — made all the difference in helping the campaign reach its goals, Turovsky said.

Stenger said everyone is invited to celebrate the campaign’s success during Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 12-14. There will be a Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton area at Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 13.

– My-Ly Nguyen