Campaign Co-Chairs Cathy and Hunter Pierson
Announce the Campaign's Success


Dear Alumni and Friends,

I am pleased to report that Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane is officially a success!

As of June 30, 2008, we have raised more than $730.5 million, or 104.4% of our total goal. Any way you look at it this campaign was a success.  We have truly achieved our goal of elevating the stature of the university, and the best is yet to come!

Increasing the university endowment to $1 billion a year ahead of schedule was a particularly exciting and historic achievement. Ultimately, more than $297 million of the campaign total was earmarked for endowment - providing support for chairs, professorships, scholarships, fellowships, research, travel and internship funds, athletics, libraries and collections. Income from the endowment secures our future and strengthens our academic core by enabling us to attract and retain the highest caliber students and faculty.

The campaign support for restricted programs was incredible. Our goal of $150 million was achieved, exceeded and then some, with more than $238 million coming in for educational and research programs in areas of current and emerging strength. Much of this support was dedicated to new programs created to transform the community through strategic partnerships pioneering new models for education reform and civic engagement.

The Tulane Fund was a big winner, too, with over $101 million raised in unrestricted support. These funds provide critical and immediate operating support and budget relief for the people, programs and facilities that constitute Tulane.

There was strong support for facilities totaling $93.5 million. These capital funds are dedicated to enhancing the residential living experience and expanding and improving the functionality of existing facilities. The Lavin Bernick Center for University Life and Turchin Stadium are high profile monuments to our success, but there is so much more than that. 

More than anything, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support. Every gift made a difference. Your gift ensured our success. Our vision of Promise and Distinction is a reality. It is our story of the spirit of philanthropy against all odds.

I hope you will join us on October 3-4, 2008 for a weekend celebration of all that is Tulane including a Town Hall Meeting with President Scott Cowen, Parent Family Weekend, class reunion activities, Tulane vs. Army at Tad Gormley Stadium and our 2nd annual ALL ALUMNI REUNION EXTRAVAGANZA - WAVE ’08.

Meet your friends and classmates October 3rd for the WAVE ’08 Reunion Party at 6 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, followed by a concert with the FUNKY METERS on the Quad at 8 p.m. For a complete schedule of events visit

It’s our way of saying thank you, again and again!

Luann D. Dozier
VP of Development

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000