On April 27, the University at Buffalo launched Boldly Buffalo: The Campaign for UB, the largest fundraising campaign in university history and the largest in the history of the State University of New York system.
Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs, honorary campaign co-chairs, joined campaign co-chairs Daniel and Gail J. Alexander and more than 500 guests to celebrate the momentous occasion in Alumni Arena on UB’s North Campus.
“As you think about how you want to make a difference in our community, I know that you can find a way at UB to support your passion,” said Jeremy Jacobs, ‘60, chair of the UB Council. Jacobs has provided invaluable service to the university over three decades, and the Jacobs family is the university’s largest donor. “Your generosity—right here at UB—has the power to transform our world for the better.”
UB President Satish K. Tripathi said the campaign’s timing couldn’t be better.
“Our Boldly Buffalo campaign is taking place during an incredible regional renaissance—truly one of the boldest periods in the histories of UB and the City of Buffalo,” Tripathi said. “With this campaign, we affirm our commitment to an even brighter future here and around the globe. As we look forward, and consider our shared aspirations for UB and our students, we recognize that inspiring generous support from our alumni, friends and community members is essential to helping us secure our vision.”
Dan Alexander, MD ‘99, BA ‘95, and Gail J. Alexander, BS ‘87, gave $1 million to establish scholarships for Buffalo public school graduates and others who hope to attend medical school at UB.
“I remember what it’s like to worry about where the money will come from,” said Dan Alexander. “Providing scholarships for these students lets them concentrate on studying. We agreed to co-chair UB’s campaign because UB is where great things happen. We know this firsthand.”
On April 30, students, faculty and staff celebrated the campaign launch on UB’s three campuses coupled with the university’s third annual Giving Day. The 24-hour giving blitz smashed previous years’ records, raising more than $321,000 from 1,964 donors. The total provided yet another boost to the Boldly Buffalo campaign, with commitments surpassing $451 million toward the $650 million goal by campaign launch.