Fiscal year 2009 may have started with a severe economic downturn for the nation, but because of UAB’s generous donors, it ended on a high note for the university. In this first year of Phase II of the Maintaining the Momentum initiative, UAB raised $96.5 million, exceeding the goal by 38 percent. This is the largest amount raised in a single year in the history of the university.
The amount raised during the past 10 years has risen to $850 million.
“This truly was an outstanding fundraising year for UAB,” said Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D., vice president for Development, Alumni and External Relations. “The most amazing part — and a strong testament to the commitment of our donors — is that it was such a phenomenal success despite the depressed economy.
“We are so grateful to all our donors who contributed to make this year — and this decade — our best ever.”
A few of the larger gifts received during the year included $6 million from the McKnight Brain Research Foundation for the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, $5 million from Parent Advocates Down Syndrome for the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic, $5 million from Jane Stephens Comer for the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center youth outreach program, $5 million from an anonymous donor for scholarships and unrestricted support, and $2 million from Lakeshore Foundation for an endowed chair in Rehabilitation Services.
“Every gift that UAB receives, no matter the amount, makes a difference in our ability to serve our students, faculty, patients and community,” Kahn said.