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Campaign nears goal


The For All We Call Mizzou campaign has raised 95 percent of its $1 billion goal. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Donations of $160.5 million made the 2007–08 fiscal year a record breaker for Mizzou. The For All We Call Mizzou campaign totaled $952.54 million June 30, bringing the campaign within 95 percent of the $1 billion goal.

“This unprecedented level of support from alumni and friends means a great deal to MU during these challenging financial times,” Chancellor Brady J. Deaton says. “Through the success of the For All We Call Mizzou campaign, we are better able to provide the quality of education, research and service Missourians expect from their flagship university.”

Gifts of all sizes have contributed to the success of the campaign. A total of 127 donors have given $1 million or more, adding $331.93 million to the campaign coffers. More than 350,000 individuals have given $1,000 or less for a total of $50 million.

Recent gifts to the campaign include:

  • Ted Goedecke, BS Ag ’64, and his wife, Nell, of Chesterfield, Mo., raise and race thoroughbred horses and have sent several horses to MU for veterinary care. In recognition of that care and to spur interest in the racing industry, the Goedeckes established a $1 million unrestricted estate gift to benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine. 
  • Curtis Long, BS Ag ’56, MD ’63, and his wife, Ann, made a transformational gift to the MU School of Medicine and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. On June 20, the medical school named the department the Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Department of Family and Community Medicine and announced the Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Rural Medicine Endowment Fund. The gift will help the medical school train physicians and combat the shortage of physicians practicing in rural Missouri. 
  • Mark McAndrew, BS BA ’75, of McKinney, Texas, knows firsthand the lack of opportunity students from rural backgrounds encounter when entering college. To improve college access for students in his home county, he and his wife, Stephanie, gave $1.4 million to fund the University of Missouri Flagship Scholars program in Clark County, Mo. Their gift honors his parents, Jack and Ladene. It funds four full-ride scholarships at a time, which makes Clark County the first fully funded by a private donor. This year, senior Dena Eddleman of Kahoka, Mo., received the scholarship. The program aims to establish scholarships in all Missouri counties. Three MU seniors from other counties also received scholarships for 2008–09.