August 2020 Campaign Update

Navigating Unprecedented Challenges With the Support of Our Donors

In the midst of extraordinary challenges, Drexel concluded the 2019-2020 academic year with more than $640 million raised toward the Campaign’s $750 million goal, and more than 26,000 alumni engaged.

With support from our donors, Drexel helped students and neighbors facing hardship in the pandemic, created co-op opportunities in a rapidly changing job market, and funded potentially lifesaving COVID-19 research.

Donors were also generous in their unrestricted giving last academic year, donating nearly $12 million that President John Fry and Drexel University leadership could direct to urgent challenges and strategic priorities. As we enter an academic year marked by novel remote approaches to learning and increased student financial need, the nimbleness and flexibility afforded by unrestricted giving will be more important than ever.

The coming months will see a renewed focus on fundraising for student emergency and co-op support, research innovation (especially our ability to rapidly respond to new challenges and opportunities), and advancing health care, including academic medicine, public health, biomedical engineering and health professions.

Progress on Select Campaign Priorities

(As of June 30, 2020)

$144 million for research initiatives
$125 million for academic support
$124 million for scholarships and co-ops
$57 million for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
$37 million for civic engagement
$32 million for learning spaces
$29 million for professorships and chairs

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