Philanthropic Updates from The University of Texas at Dallas

UT Dallas Fundraising Program Earns CASE Award

By Daniel Steele  |  July 31, 2020

The University of Texas at Dallas has been honored with a 2020 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

UT Dallas earned this distinction in the category of “Overall Improvement” among public research/doctoral institutions with endowments over $215 million. The award recognizes significant achievement by university fundraising efforts over the past three years by measuring growth in total university support, alumni-giving participation and impact on key areas such as endowment, current operations and capital projects.

“Our talented and dedicated staff works hard every day to create a culture of philanthropy in our community,” said Kyle Edgington PhD’13, vice president for development and alumni relations. “This award is a testament to their accomplishments. I am grateful that University leadership continues to invest in our efforts. Of course, everything we do is made possible by the generosity of our loyal alumni, donors and friends.”

Since 2017 UT Dallas has added nearly 200 funds to its endowment, increasing its market value from $483 million to a high of $574 million. During this time, the University has continued to set record numbers for alumni participation and total gifts raised each year, realizing a 78% increase in annual donations from 2017 to 2019.

This fundraising success has made a transformative impact around campus. Highlights include the acquisition of world-renowned collections of art, the construction of new buildings such as the Engineering and Computer Science West, new awards to promote the research of early career facultyrecord-setting scholarship endowments and a recent effort to aid students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Talented students, staff and faculty are the face of every great university,” said UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson, the Eugene McDermott Distinguished University Chair of Leadership. “The work they do inspires alumni and partners to support the aspirations of our students, groundbreaking research, life-changing clinical care and creative expression.”