In 2012, the University of Georgia embarked on an eight-year journey by launching the Commit to Georgia Campaign. The objectives were clear – remove barriers to pursuing a higher education, enhance our learning environment, and work towards solving the grand challenges facing our world. These were lofty objectives.
Bulldogs far and wide answered the call by giving over $1.45 billion, which made the Commit to Georgia Campaign a record fundraising effort for the University. This record haul was made possible through the generosity of 175,488 alumni and donors.
The College of Pharmacy’s original goal in the campaign was to raise $17 million over eight years. This was an ambitious target, but one that proved more than surmountable. Through the leadership of then Dean Svein Øie, Executive Director of External Affairs Dana Strickland, and an impressive advisory board led by Hugh Chancy, the College set a torrid pace that did not let up for those eight years. When the campaign ended, in June 2020, the College had raised more than $27 million. The transformational impact of the campaign will be felt by our students, faculty, and staff for generations to come.
“It was an honor to be part of giving back to the college through the Commit to Georgia Campaign,” said Chancy ’88. “The sacrifices from alumni and friends will impact the students and the college for years to come. This year alone, more than 150 students are receiving scholarship funding to help them on their pharmacy journey. I am particularly excited about the funding which enables students to be involved in association work on a state and national level. I think that exposing our students to cutting edge pharmacists from around the country and seeing innovative practices will only help set the bar higher for our pharmacists of tomorrow.
In fundraising, we often use that word ‘impact.’ How exactly is that measured, though? Is it the number of scholarships awarded? The number of students we are able to send to professional meetings? The groundbreaking research supported? This sounds whimsical, but what about the lives changed? Imagine the impact of altering the trajectory of an individual’s life when they are provided the support necessary to pursue a higher education. That is impact!
The following are stories of how our generous alumni and donors have impacted the lives of our students.