In 2004, The City University of New York launched its first University- wide campaign, Invest in CUNY, Invest in New York,in recognition of the important role of philanthropy in helping our colleges advance their academic mission. We set an ambitious goal of$1.2 billion, the largest target by an urban public university.
Through the generous support of alumni, friends, corporations and foundations, we have raised $1.4 billion, four years ahead of schedule. We are deeply grateful to the donors for their partnerships with the colleges and their presidents.
As more students seek the distinctive academic experience that CUNY's outstanding programs and faculty offer, the colleges face greater challenges and opportunities. More than ever, the university is committed to developing the programs, services and facilities that enable students and faculty to do their best work.
The unprecedented support encourages us to rededicate our efforts and begin the next phase of the campaign, Invest in CUNY, Invest in New York: Expanding the Vision,with the goal of raising the total to $3 billion by 2015. With the support of the extended CUNY family, the university can continue to fulfill its mission of providing an accessible, highly valued education to deserving students.
We take great pride in the contributions CUNY students, faculty, alumni and friends have made to the city, state and nation and in CUNY's role in building the educated citizenry that is the backbone of a strong society. An investment in CUNY truly is an investment in New York's future.
Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor