BHSU confirms record year in fundraising with over $8 million raised

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, January 22, 2015/Categories: 2015

The Black Hills State University Foundation and Yellow Jacket Foundation raised over $8 million last year making 2014 the highest fundraising year in the school&rsquos history.

The total amount raised in 2014 was $8,029,540.  The total amount raised includes $6,601,247 through the BHSU Foundation whose gifts are usually designated to support scholarships, capital needs on campus and academic programs and $1,428,292.70 through the Yellow Jacket Foundation whose gifts are designated to support university athletics.

Steve Meeker, vice president for university advancement, said over 2,500 donors contributed to the record-breaking year.

"To surpass our previous record year by $3 million is just tremendous.  It says a lot about the people that support our great university.  BHSU is an outstanding university in the Midwest that is getting better every day thanks to our donors."

Four separate gifts of $1 million or more were donated:  one from Denny T. Sanford, one from BHSU psychology professor James Hess, and two from anonymous donors.

Several new scholarship endowments were established in 2014 including 12 BHSU endowments and two Yellow Jacket endowments.

For more information contact Steve Meeker, vice president for university advancement, at or 605-642-6385.

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