USD Launches Largest Fundraising Campaign at $300 Million


As part of the next phase of the Leading Change campaign at the University of San Diego, the school is launching its largest fundraising campaign yet. The school kicked off its $300 million campaign on February 25th, with a celebration at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

USD President James Harris spoke about the campaign in a new release by The San Diego Union-Tribune. “This is a way to raise the profile of the needs of the university and aspirations for the future,” he said.

The campaign could last for two to three years as they continue to raise funds, though the school is already two-thirds of the way to their goal – having raised $200 million over the last few years. Their current progress is thanks to generous gifts such as $20 million from Darlene Shiley and $12 million from the Noyce Foundation.

The largest project that’s a part of the Leading Change campaign is $77 million for the School of Business Administration. Much of the business school’s funding has already been met with donations for endowed chairs, professorships, and scholarships. Additional projects include the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and the School of Law.

As part of the next phase of the campaign, USD will reach out to alumni and student family members for donations. President Harris is taking a tour around the US to meet with alumni, parents, friends, and prospective students to garner donations.

“I enjoy these visits,” Harris said. “I hear wonderful stories about how the university has changed people’s lives.”

Additional funds raised from the campaign will go toward campus-wide scholarships, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and more. The hope is that the $300 million raised in funding will be able to drastically improve USD and its offerings.


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