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YSU celebrates largest fundraising campaign in university’s history

The university's “We See Tomorrow” campaign raised a record $126 million.
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Youngstown State University's “We See Tomorrow” campaign raised a record $126 million. (Photo by William D. Lewis | Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — Major donors from throughout the region on Thursday celebrated the conclusion of Youngstown State University’s “We See Tomorrow” campaign that raised a record $126 million to provide scholarships, enhance instruction, increase classroom technology and more.

“We are simply overwhelmed by the generosity of the Mahoning Valley and alumni and friends across the nation,” Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata, campaign chair, said in a news release. “We saw tomorrow, and now, tomorrow is here.”

The campaign, the largest in the university’s history, attracted 32,581 gifts, including 40 gifts of at least $1 million and 57 out-of-town gifts of at least $100,000.

“Everywhere we went, when we spoke to people, their love for YSU was always at the center of every conversation,” said YSU President Jim Tressel, who hosted the donors under a tent next to the Pollock House on campus.

“Thanks to everyone for believing in YSU. Words could never express the gratitude and appreciation we have for your support,” Tressel said.

The initiative, led by the YSU Foundation, started in 2014 with a goal of $100 million. By January 2020, the goal was reached, and then increased to $125 million — three times the size of the university’s last fundraising campaign nearly 15 years ago, the release states.

The final tally: $126,187,126.

According to the release, here’s how the money will be used:

  • $70.4 million for student scholarships and student work opportunities;
  • $13.1 million to triple the number of endowed faculty chairs and professorships;
  • $3.8 million to create high-tech Classrooms of the Future across campus;
  • $4.4 million for campus beautification;
  • $4.1 million for the Paula and Anthony Rich Center for Autism at YSU;
  • $6.8 million for the new Excellence Training Center in the new Kohli Hall on the south end of campus;
  • $22.2 million for the Annual Fund.

“The level of support we experienced through this campaign is nothing short of remarkable,” Paul McFadden, president of the YSU Foundation, said. “It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of so many students, alumni, faculty, staff and others over the course of more than 100 years to make YSU the special place it is in our region. People really love this place, and they want to give back.”

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