The University of Arizona comes in at No. 92 on a new list compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy that ranks the top 100 U.S. charities based on how much they raised in cash and stock.
The UA was among only 41 universities on the America's Favorite Charities list, which was released Oct. 30. It also was the only Arizona university on the list.
The rankings were based on cash support in calendar year 2017, which the Chronicle calculated at $215.6 million at the UA. The Chronicle defines cash support as money and stock received as gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Fundraising for the UA is managed by the University of Arizona Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since its inception 60 years ago, the UA Foundation has helped generate more than $3 billion in private funding to help the UA achieve its strategic goals.
The UA and the UA Foundation follow a fiscal year ending on June 30 for fundraising purposes. The university recently announced that fiscal year 2018 was the most philanthropic ever, with gifts, pledges and realized bequests totaling $317 million. The total for cash and cash equivalent gifts was $278 million.
UA friends and alumni have been supporting the university in the past few years like never before, said John-Paul Roczniak, who is vice president of development and chief development officer for the UA and president and CEO of the UA Foundation.
"This recognition is an exciting reflection of their generosity," he said. "Our donors have seen what the UA is capable of, and they're energized; they want to be a part of what's happening. With their support, we're leaders in space sciences and business, we're offering student-athletes some of the top facilities anywhere, and we're improving in academic rankings. Now the UA is preparing for a tremendously exciting phase with a new strategic plan."
The UA is one of 20 public colleges to appear on the list of America's Favorite Charities. Twenty-one private colleges also made the Chronicle's list, with Harvard University taking the No. 4 spot and the highest ranking of any institution of higher learning. Stanford University and Cornell University also appeared in the top 10. At the top of the list was United Way Worldwide.
"Institutions of higher education depend more and more upon philanthropic support not only to launch new initiatives but to keep pace with the needs of today's students and the 21st century workforce," said UA President Robert C. Robbins. "The University of Arizona is incredibly fortunate to have strong connections with alumni and friends around the world who see the value of what we do and show their support and commitment by investing in the UA's present and future. The UA's donors should be proud to see that their contributions have placed the UA among a select set of universities that have set a high bar when it comes to fundraising."