Institutional Advancement undertakes all fund-raising tasks for the University of Pittsburgh, as
well as maintaining active involvement with alumni around the world. The impact of
Institutional Advancement reaches beyond traditional development services to advance the
University of Pittsburgh in coordination with the needs of the students and faculty of Pitt's many
schools and programs. By seeking essential funds for the University's future from foundations,
corporations, alumni, and friends, Institutional Advancement facilitates the University's
objectives for the growth and enhancement of its educational resources.
In fiscal year 1998, the University's advancement programs raised $57.5 million in contributions
from private sources. Of this total, alumni gave nearly $11.6 million (20.1 percent), corporations
gave $9.0 million (15.7 percent), and foundations gave $24.1 million (41.9 percent). University
trustees (those who were not alumni), other individuals, and other groups and sources gave $12.8
million (22.3 percent).
Institutional Advancement's 120 staff members also promote and mobilize volunteer activities in
support of fund-raising, coordinate alumni advocacy efforts, and guide other activities to sustain
the University's mission. Organizations under the direction of Institutional Advancement include
the Pitt Ambassadors, which is the University's major outreach effort to businesses in the region;
the Associates Program of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, which encourages
dialogue between the business school and the corporate community through educational and
social gatherings; and the Blue and Gold Society, comprised of outstanding student leaders who
represent the University at alumni and community events.
Through the Office of Alumni Relations and the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association,
Institutional Advancement promotes mutually productive relationships between the University
and its alumni, who number more than 192,000 and who reside in all 50 states, in U.S. territories,
and in 119 foreign countries. Alumni Relations seeks to involve increasing numbers of alumni
with the University by fostering their continued connection with Pitt after graduation.
Institutional Advancement solicits guidance from University alumni and organizes alumni efforts
to advance the University. The Alumni Association charters a growing number of Pitt alumni
clubs, works to influence government offices to fund and nurture higher education, and assists
the University in its efforts to attract and support high-caliber students. Alumni continue to be
the main link between the University's past and its future.
Institutional Advancement's Planned Giving department assists friends and alumni in planning
major contributions to the University. These contributions can be made through gifts of life
insurance, through life income gifts (a gift in which the University receives a portion and the
donor receives a portion for the remainder of his or her life), or through deferred income gifts
(which are gifts given by the donor in the present but not received or used by the University until
a future date determined by either a period of years or in the event of the donor's death). The
staff of the Planned Giving department help individual donors to wisely invest their money in an
area of interest in the University.
The staff of Corporate and Foundation Relations act as liaisons between individuals at the
University -- faculty and various other department personnel -- and individuals from local,
national, and international corporations and foundations. The purpose of this effort is to connect
University funding needs with the philanthropic interests of donor organizations. In addition, the
University participates in a corporate matching gift program in which numerous corporations
match eligible gifts made to the University by their employees.
Activities held in the Heinz Memorial Chapel are administered through Institutional Advancement. The Gothic chapel is famous for its
magnificent stained glass windows. A focal point of campus life for students, faculty, staff, and
alumni, the Chapel provides a place for worship services, concerts, lectures, memorial services,
weddings, and individual reflection and meditation.
The Office of Special Events, also under Institutional Advancement, coordinates all University-wide special programs, bringing professional expertise to the many events held annually at the
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