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A Stronger Columbia
Columbia’s long-term vitality depends fundamentally on the financial resources and physical space needed to support talented students and faculty. With net assets of nearly $8 billion in 2006, Columbia is growing at an extraordinary rate. With strong management and generous support from engaged alumni and other donors, the University’s endowment grew from $4.343 billion in fiscal year 2002-2003 to $7.15 billion in 2006-2007. Investment returns over the past five years were 16% and in FY'07 they topped 23%.

The Columbia Campaign, launched in the fall of 2006 as the first-ever $4-billion university campaign, is by far the most ambitious such effort in the University’s history. It is currently well ahead of schedule, with more than $2.5 billion in gifts in place by the end of 2007, including transformative gifts and pledges toward a stronger faculty, improved student financial aid, and new facilities for teaching and research on all campuses. Broad participation at all gift levels is itself a distinct campaign goal; and Columbia’s schools are, as a rule, seeing more gifts from more donors than ever before.

New & Improved Facilities
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Fiscal Strength
The Columbia Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the University’s history.

Columbia University continues to strengthen its management and organizational capacity.
Columbia Expands In Manhattanville
Building the Strength of Alumni

Along with outreach to New York neighbors and educational partners around the globe, Columbia has focused anew on building connections among more than a quarter-million alumni worldwide. Through programs sponsored by each of sixteen schools and by the University-wide Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), and through a growing suite of online resources, graduates are an engaged and vital part of Columbia’s international community.

Drawing together alumni of all Columbia schools was a key inspiration for Columbia 250, a year-long celebration beginning October 2003 that fostered new publications on Columbia’s proud legacy of teaching and discovery, a new monthly e-newsletter, and high-profile events on campus, around the United States, and with alumni in Europe and Asia.

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