“Pursue the Future” Campaign Closes Beyond Goal


When the “Pursue the Future” campaign concluded, June 30, its original $40 million goal had long been surpassed.

All totaled, the campaign generated $42,964,926 in pledges, cash contributions and legacy gifts. The five-year endeavor officially exceeded its goal in April and nearly reached an additional $3 million before its scheduled conclusion at the end of June.

A majority of the money raised will go directly toward helping students. Nearly $24.7 million dollars has been allocated to provide Foundation scholarships. Academic programs and faculty support received more than $8 million, followed by $7.1 million for mission enhancement gifts, including the Truman Fund for Excellence, along with more than $3.1 million for athletics.

In total, more than 15,000 gifts and commitments were received for the “Pursue the Future” campaign. Commitments came in all shapes and sizes, ranging from $1 up to the largest-ever commitment to the University, a $7 million legacy commitment from alumni Dan (’79) and Jan (’76) Shepherd.
Truman began the advanced gifts, or “quiet phase,” of the five-year “Pursue the Future” campaign July 1, 2013. The three-year public phase began in July 2015.

A campaign celebration will take place during Homecoming 2018 in conjunction with the Alumni and Friends Celebration Banquet, Oct. 12. For more information on the campaign’s success go to campaign.truman.edu.