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Published October 08, 2010, 03:18 PM

UND Launches $300 Million Fundraising Campaign

The University of North Dakota and UND Foundation launched a $300 million fundraising campaign today.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

It's called "North Dakota Spirit: The Campaign for UND to raise $300 million."

Friday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium UND leaders launched a public fundraising effort geared at raising $300 million for the school. That includes $100 million for student scholarships awarded; $100 million for endowment funds for faculty support; $50 million to enhance programs to respond to state and global needs; and $50 million to improve existing or add new buildings and technology.

In a news release, the University said it is the first comprehensive fundraising effort in the University’s history. Since 2005 more than $201 million has already been raised in cash gifts, pledges, bequests and other commitments.

“We call it North Dakota Spirit,” said UND President Robert Kelley, “because as our state’s flagship university we carry the spirit of North Dakota in all we do. This campaign will not only have a positive impact at UND, but the ripple effect will be felt throughout North Dakota through the work our students and faculty do to further economic and community development throughout the state.