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FY19 DONOR IMPACT | BY THE NUMBERS Sources of Giving $566,234
$74.3 million Total gifts & pledges
Total gifts & pledges for capital projects
UNLV Foundation Endowment
Record high fair market value of UNLV Foundation endowment
FY 2011 FY 2012
26 New endowed funds 4.7% Net return
FY 2018 FY 2019
Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)
You are making great things happen at UNLV. From attaining Carnegie Top Tier research status to building a state-of-the-art football complex, UNLV experienced exceptional progress in Fiscal Year 2019. Your support is having a profound impact on students’ lives, faculty research, and on the health, well-being, and intellectual vitality of our community.
Here are just a few of the many successes you made possible:
EXTRAORDINARY GIFT TO RARE BOOKS COLLECTION UNLV alumna Beverly Rogers established a $5 million endowment to support and grow the rare books collection at the UNLV University Libraries. The endowment will fund the Beverly Rogers Rare Books Curator, the first named position in the University Libraries. Rogers will also donate her personal book collection, valued at more than $1 million, to the libraries’ Special Collections and Archives division. Books in her collection include The Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Eliot, and John Donne’s Collected Poems (1635).
SETTING THE PACE IN LEGAL OUTREACH Since the opening of the William S. Boyd School of Law 21 years ago, the school’s mission has been to positively impact the community beyond the classroom walls. Your generous gifts to Boyd Law have allowed the school to not only maintain its rank of No. 1 legal writing program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, but make a difference in Las Vegas and southern Nevada through the new Misdemeanor Clinic. Under the direction of professors Anne Traum and Eve Hanan, the clinic will allow members of the community to get pro-bono help in the court system, while students gain real-world legal experience.
LEARNING FROM OUR DIVERSITY
Gifts & Pledges
Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada is an oral history project focused on collecting the history of the region’s Latinx populations. Under the direction of historian Claytee White, UNLV students and faculty are conducting and recording interviews with a wide array of individuals about topics ranging from immigration and settlement to employment and economic issues.
Approximately 29% of Southern Nevada’s residents and more than 25% of UNLV’s student body are of Latin American descent. Many Latinx residents have greatly influenced the progress of our educational system, multiple business sectors, politics, and cultural life in Southern Nevada. The project ensures that the perspectives of our region’s Latinx residents are reflected in our library collections so that present and future generations can learn about their achievements and influences.
“For me the project symbolizes the first time that the Latinx community tells its story in Nevada,” said Monserrath Hernandez, a graduate student in Journalism & Media Studies who is working on the oral history project. “The reality is that Latinx history is diverse, complicated, and beautiful.”
STATE-OF-THE-ART SPORTS TRAINING FACILITY
12,294 Alumni donors
Gifts to scholarships
$9 + M
New scholarships created
The Fertitta Football Complex received more than $7 million in new gifts and commitments, allowing the state-of-the art training facility to become a reality. Additionally, your gifts to Rebel Athletics – including a single anonymous gift of $5 million - allowed both athletic and academic success: UNLV student athletes achieved a record cumulative grade point average of 3.09.
ARTS FOR KIDS Thanks to hundreds of online donors, thousands of Clark County School District children got to experience art first-hand through the “Bus to the Barrick” Rebel Raiser Crowdfunding campaign. Children who may not otherwise have the chance to visit museums attend The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, talk to docents, and sometimes meet the artists themselves. Many field trips also include UNLV campus tours, planting the seed of higher education.
LEADING RESEARCH IN BRAIN HEALTH The School of Integrated Health Sciences has added a transformational department: Brain Health. Research will be led by world-renowned neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, who, because of a generous gift to the program, came to UNLV from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Research. He also led programs studying Alzheimer’s disease and neurogenerative diseases at UCLA. “I loved my time at Cleveland Clinic, but I also love the university environment and I wanted to return to a place where there was an emphasis on learning and discovery,” said Cummings, who has earned numerous honors throughout his career, including the 2008 national Alzheimer’s Association’s Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award. With the department’s founding chair, Jefferson Kinney, Cummings believes the new department can quickly establish itself as a leader in neurodegenerative research. “What you need is resources to attract the right people—if you get the right people in place, anything can happen,” he said.
HIGH-TECH ENTREPRENEURIAL COLLABORATION Collaboration between Caesars Entertainment, Intel, and UNLV is creating a new business incubator space in the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park. Black Fire Innovation, a public-private partnership, will house a replica resort with dedicated software development and maker spaces, an e-sports arena, and advanced supercomputing access for students and faculty to work side-byside with industry professionals.
NURSING SCHOOL MAKES TOP 10 Your ongoing support of student scholarships and programs in the School of Nursing has made it one of just 10 programs nationwide to be named a 2019 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing. UNLV was recognized for its sustained excellence in student learning and professional development. UNLV’s School of Nursing is the first in Nevada to receive the accolade, and the only nursing school in the state to offer a Ph.D. program.
MEDICAL STUDENTS ADVANCING Generous scholarship donations continue to help UNLV’s medical students, as the inaugural class completed its second year in 2019. The UNLV School of Medicine is growing with your support, and is on track to produce the healthcare professionals Southern Nevada needs. This fiscal year, the school received an anonymous gift of $1.5 million among its many other gifts of support.
Your generosity leaves an impact
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Donor Impact Annual Report