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April 24, 1997

UW’s $154.6 million in private giving is second highest among public universities

“We’re number two!” is not usually grounds for cheering, but it all depends on the competition. The latest figures on private giving to universities show that the University of Washington ranked second in the country among public universities last year.

For the past decade, the University of Washington has ranked in the top five public institutions in private support, but this is the first time it has ranked as high as second.

The UW received $154.6 million in private gifts and grants during the 1995-96 fiscal year. Among public institutions, only the University of Wisconsin Madison received more private support — $186.7 million — according to figures released by the Council for Aid to Education.

Private institutions topped the council’s list for 1995-96: Stanford ranked first with $313 million and Harvard ranked second with $309 million. But even compared to private institutions the UW did well, said Marilyn Dunn, vice president for development. The UW ranked ninth among all public and private universities.

In 1995-96, the University of Washington received $85 million in gifts, including $22 million from Bill and Melinda Gates. It received $69.5 million in grants from non-governmental sources.

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For more information: Marilyn Dunn, (206) 543-2565

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