BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A granite donor wall honoring individuals,
corporations and foundations that made leadership commitments to
"The Campaign for UB: Generation to Generation" as well as the
campaign volunteer leaders, will be dedicated on UB's North Campus
on Oct. 14 on the eve of the investiture of John B. Simpson as UB's
The campaign, the largest in the university's history, spanned
seven years and concluded in September 2003.
Simpson praised the campaign's volunteer leadership and the
results achieved. "As the most ambitious and most successful
fund-raising initiative in the history of our university, 'The
Campaign for UB: Generation to Generation' set an inspiring
precedent for the University at Buffalo," Simpson noted.
"Having raised $291.6 million -- exceeding its goal by $41.6
million -- this visionary campaign established a new benchmark for
UB's growth and development in every respect, fostering an expanded
culture of giving and volunteerism that has served to invigorate
our entire university community."
Jeremy M. Jacobs '60, chair of the UB Council and honorary
campaign chair, echoed Simpson's comments.
"This wall will be a reminder of our accomplishments:
reconnecting with alumni, realizing greater recognition of UB's
achievements among an external audience and re-energizing the
spirit of philanthropy," Jacobs added. "'Thank you' to all of the
individuals, corporations and foundations, who partnered with this
premiere public research institution to leave an outstanding
The wall, standing some seven feet high and nearly eight feet
long with approximately 375 names engraved on it, will be located
in a small grove of trees next to Slee Hall on the UB North
(Amherst) Campus and facing the adjacent Center for the Arts. The
wall celebrates donors who made commitments of $50,000 or more
across the 13 decanal units of the university as well as athletics,
libraries, the University Honors Program and WBFO 88.7 FM, the
National Public Radio affiliate operated by UB.
"The donor wall is a tangible and visible way we can demonstrate
our appreciation to these alumni, volunteers, partners and friends
who led the way in making 'The Campaign for UB' an overwhelming
success," said Jennifer A. McDonough, UB vice president for
"Moreover, this tribute stands as a testament to the level of
affection and conviction our donor and volunteer family has in our
university and its future, and will undoubtedly be an inspiration
to others." McDonough added: "These very important donors set an
example for the nearly 75,000 donors who made commitments at all
levels, many for the first time, that resulted in the campaign's
record-high totals of more than $291.6 million."
Due to logistical considerations, a full-size replica of the
wall will be unveiled during a ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Center for
the Arts Atrium. A reception will follow for the more than 300
attending guests and university representatives.
In addition to Simpson, speakers at the program will include
Jacobs and University Professor William R. Greiner, retired UB
president who served during "The Campaign for UB." Simpson and
Greiner will unveil the replica of the wall.
"I am enormously grateful for all the generous donors and
volunteers leaders who stepped forward to support 'The Campaign for
UB: Generation to Generation' and whose names we have written in
stone on this very special wall." Greiner said.
"Celebrating our success, we also recognize that this campaign
and its donors have formed the foundation, in fact, the very
cornerstone on which we will continue building this great
university. I am proud that during my years as president, I was
part of this tremendous effort."
"The Campaign for UB" began its public phase in October 2000
with a goal of $250 million. At the time, it was the most ambitious
campaign on record for a public university in New York State or
throughout New England. The fifth major campaign since the
university's founding in 1846, it was the UB's first national and
international fund-raising initiative, and was conducted on a
comprehensive, university-wide basis with volunteer leaders across
the country. Of the nearly 75,000 donors who committed to the
campaign, 62 percent were alumni and nearly 39 percent of alumni
donors were giving for the first time, thus establishing a solid
foundation for future philanthropy and volunteerism.