Donors give University of Wyoming a record $63 million

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.



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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has reached a new record with $63 million collected in donations last year.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2lAmxD3) that the money donated in 2016 came from more than 21,000 donors. It also surpassed the university's previous funding record of $55.8 million in 2013.

UW Foundation President Ben Blalock says the timing of the new record could not have been better.

It comes as the university has struggled to adjust to $42 million in state budget cuts. UW officials announced $29 million in cuts this fiscal year, eliminated hundreds of positions and offered early retirement packages for some faculty and staff.

Last year's donations helped fund a number of projects, including the school's efforts in natural resources, educator training, a new athletic center and scholarships.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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