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More than 5,000 Alumni and Friends Gave $32 million to Support the University of Iowa College of Nursing

For Iowa. Forever More

For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa Concludes as the Most Successful Fundraising Campaign in the History of the University and the State of Iowa

The University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation announced the successful conclusion of For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa. More than 272,000 UI alumni and friends—enough to fill Kinnick Stadium nearly 4 times—contributed more than $1.975 billion to help the UI remain at the forefront of education, research, health care, and athletics.

More than 5,000 donors contributed a total of $32 million to the UI College of Nursing to support students, faculty, the Nursing Clinical Education Center, the Csomay Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and the Dean’s Fund for Collegiate Advancement resulting in 32 new scholarships and 18 new faculty and research support funds.

“Due to the tremendous generosity of donors, the College of Nursing will be able to grow and have an impact on the profession and Iowa for many years to come,” says Thad Wilson, interim dean, UI College of Nursing. “Though the numbers are clear, the impact is harder to quantify.

Through this campaign students will be able to flourish, research will grow, faculty will be recruited and rewarded, and the world will continue to view the University of Iowa College of Nursing as one of the best.”  

The campaign has benefited students, faculty, and programs throughout the College of Nursing, including the Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund, which prepares health care professionals and their families to provide personalized care for individuals with dementia.

Jo Hoyt Freeman was a daily source of inspiration to those around her. In all her roles—as a wife, mother, friend, teacher, and mentor—she enriched people’s lives with her bright mind and enthusiastic personality. Even after her death, Jo has continued to help others, thanks to her story—and to her husband, Claude’s, gift in her memory.

“Claude Freeman’s exceptional generosity has allowed us to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia,” says Marianne Smith, the director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence at the University of Iowa. “He created the Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund for our center, and it helps us improve the quality of life of people with dementia as well as providing much needed support and education for their caregivers.”

According to the World Health Organization, the total number of people with dementia worldwide in 2015 is estimated at 47.5 million. Nearly 7.7 million new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year worldwide—implying one new case every four seconds—and the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 75.6 million in 2030.

That’s why gifts like Freeman’s are more important than ever. The Freeman Fund supports programs that educate and train health-care providers to deliver person-centered care and to develop engaging relationships with the individuals for whom they care. This includes collaborative approaches to care, developing a deeper understanding of the person with dementia and engaging family members in care.

The Freeman Award is one of many such resources that generous alumni and friends created for the UI College of Nursing during For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.

For more information, please visit the UI Foundation website.

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Feb 8th, 2017