EMU Foundation surpasses fundraising goal, nearly doubling previous year's success

The Eastern Michigan University Foundation has raised in $8 million for the 2007-08 fiscal year, eclipsing its fund-raising goal.

Of that money, $7.1 million was in cash while $800,000 came from in-kind contributions. This year's numbers almost doubled last year's total of $4.2 million.

Of the $7.9 million, $2.2 million came from the trust of renowned sculptor and potter Jean Noble Parsons. That money will be used to establish the Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science on 86 wooded acres near Traverse City and Interlochen.

Another $700,000 plus came from the estate of former university staff member Helen Rudin and Catherine Sesi, a longtime friend of Ypsilanti and EMU. That money will support scholarships in music and general studies. The Kresge Science Initiative Challenge chipped in $250,000 to help build a $1 million science equipment endowment.

Source: Eastern Michigan University

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