Miller School of Medicine Has Record-Breaking Fundraising Year

Continuing an upward trend, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reached a record-breaking fundraising total for the fiscal year 2016.

According to standards set by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Miller School raised an unprecedented $159.8 million for the fiscal year, which ended May 31. The amount far surpasses FY15’s total of $116.5 million and is an increase of 37.1 percent. The total is also up 44.4 percent from FY14.

Additionally, the amount represents a significant portion of the overall fundraising total for the University of Miami, which stands at just under $236.5 million, the highest cash total ever for UM and an increase of 22 percent from last year’s total.

“This new fundraising high is a tangible result of the community’s recognition of UM’s ongoing commitment to teaching, research, service and health care,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs. “In addition, our advancement team’s professionalism and dedication to excellence continue to motivate and engage our generous and loyal donor community. I am deeply grateful for their hard work and dedication.”

The numbers are based on standards set by CASE, an international professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and allied areas.

The Miller School’s strong showing is due, in large part, to the extraordinary $50 million gift from former UM Board of Trustees Chair Stuart Miller, his sister, Leslie Miller Saiontz, and brother, Jeffrey Miller, to create the Miller School of Medicine Center for Medical Education.

Thanks to the Miller family’s outstanding tradition of generosity and commitment, the state-of-the-art building will serve students at every level of medical education, from pre-clinical basic science to advanced postgraduate clinical training, and will offer a variety of flexible and technologically advanced learning environments.

Individual areas that showed gains in fundraising this year include Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami Transplant Institute, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, medical alumni/parents, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, public health sciences, pathology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and the medical library.

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