Colleges and areas across campus have changed for the better because of your generosity. Throughout the Together We Reach campaign from 2005 to 2014, the impact of private giving includes new facilities, new programs, endowed chairs, scholarship funds, and research support. Select a college or area from the list below to find out how it has benefitted from private support during this time.

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

The Together We Reach campaign highlight had to be the support of the Willard S. Eccles Foundation for the Astronomy program. They donated the High Altitude Frisco Peak Observatory near Milford, Utah, Institutional membership in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III and Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, and an astronomy public education and outreach center in the South Physics Building.

College of Science

The College of Science benefited from the Together We Reach campaign in a number of ways, including the Thatcher Building for Biological & Biophysical Chemisty and the Gary and Ann Crocker Science Center, in addition to student scholarships, research and endowments.

College of Social Work

The College of Social Work's REACH campaign highlights include The Wilford W. and Dorothy P. Goodwill Humanitarian Building, our crowning campaign achievement. Other highlights include the Katie L. Dixon Women & Girls Leadership Endowed Fund and 20% increase in endowments for scholarships.

J. Willard Marriott Library

J. Willard Marriott Library broke ground on an $80 million renovation project in 2005 and now the Library is a vibrant state-of-the-art center for the University’s students and faculty. The forty year-old building is now a bright and inviting center that contains nine new electronic classrooms, a Digital Scholarship Lab, a Knowledge Commons containing more than 250 computers and staffed by librarians and technical help, spacious student “living room” areas and group study rooms, a grand reading room, and a Special Collections Reading Room.

David Eccles School of Business

The new 8-floor flagship building at the David Eccles School of Business was completed in Fall 2013 and serves over 4,000 business students. In addition to the new building campaign highlights include the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center, the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute.

College of Engineering

TheTogether We Reach campaign coincided with a period of unprecedented growth in the College of Engineering when student enrollment jumped from 2,737 to 4,436 and degree output increased from 550 to a record 777 engineering and computer science degrees in May 2013. In addition to support from the state and university administration, private giving was essential for adding capacity in the physical campus; enriching academic programs and research; and increasing faculty and student support.

College of Humanities

During the Together We Reach campaign the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building — one of only two buildings on campus named for a woman — was completed. The Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities Education, the first center of its kind in the country, was made possible by a donation from John and Melody Taft and Bill and Sandi Nicholson. Many other programs, centers and scholarships were made possible through private donor and foundation support.

Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

Private gifts to the Bennion Center made during the Campaign have allowed continuation and growth of 40+ community service programs, executed every academic year in concert with community partner agencies. Private gifts have also supported growth in Saturday Service projects held each month of the school year, including the “Legacy of Lowell” day of service, held each September, which has become the kickoff to U of U Homecoming, and which involves 800+ students, faculty, and community volunteers.

Honors College

Thanks to generous gifts received through the Together We Reach campaign, the Honors College at the University of Utah welcomed a unique, state-of-the-art residence hall to campus. Dedicated specifically for Honors students, the building features apartment-style living, classrooms, faulty offices and mixed use space. The Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community is the first building of its kind at the U.

Undergraduate Advancement

The Together We Reach Campaign for Undergraduate Advancement includes three highlights: George S. Eccles Student Life Center, U Futures Scholarships and the University of Utah Scholarship Campaign.

Dept. of Athletics

Since 2005, our development efforts as part of the “Together We Reach” campaign have been significant and have helped us with our transition into the Pac 12. In many ways in 2010 we needed to set our goals higher in order to meet the challenges of competing successfully in the Pac12. Therefore in 2010 after being invited to “The Conference of Champions” we launched “Invest in Excellence”, the Campaign for Utah Athletics.

S.J. Quinney College of Law

The Together We Reach campaign has been a period of significant growth and development for the S.J. Quinney College of Law. With the support of committed donors and community organizations, the College has undertaken significant projects and advancements during the campaign period.

College of Education

The Together We Reach campaign produced major changes for the College of Education. With a lead gift from Beverley Taylor Sorenson and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and the help of many other loyal donors, the College was able to construct its first new facility in 50 years.


During the course of the Together We Reach campaign, KUED participated in the federally-mandated conversion to digital television, produced hundreds of hours of programs from political debates to national entertainment specials and documentaries, and received numerous gifts of support through the Planned Giving program.

Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

During the Together We Reach campaign, Red Butte Garden completed the Visitor Center Expansion, Amphitheatre Renovation, the Rose Garden, the Rose House and Water Conservation Garden. Each of these projects were privately funded.

Alumni Association

Since the launch of theTogether We Reach Campaign in 2005, the Alumni Association has raised more than $2,620,000 for student scholarships through University of Utah license plate sales, annual and lifetime membership contributions, the Homecoming 5K and golf tournament, and other private contributions.

Moran Eye Center

We cannot adequately express the gratitude we feel to the many generous members of our community who have helped shape the John A. Moran Eye Center into a world leader in patient care, research, outreach, and education.

College of Nursing

One of the main Together We Reach campaign highlights for the College of Nursing is the transformation of the Anette Poulson Cumming Building, which opened in 2010. The three goals for the building renovation were accomplished: 1) an entirely new infrastructure, 2) increased faculty and staff work areas and 3) upgraded educational technology and expanded learning spaces for students.

College of Pharmacy

During theTogether We Reach campaign funding was secured for an additional Endowed Chair in the College of Pharmacy. Also, new scholarship endowments were funded and numerous others were funded annually. Participation in the number of donors increased by 115%.

College of Mines & Earth Sciences

By far, the most dynamic, impactful and transformative gift to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences in general and the Department of Geology and Geophysics in particular, was made by Rev. Marta Sutton Weeks Wulf. The Department of Geology and Geophysics had outgrown its space in the Browning and Mines Building and was in need of space for faculty, administration, research and students.

College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts has seen a great many successes during this campaign — successes that have catalyzed a more accessible and enriched educational experience for students within the College. For the first time in the College’s history, we received a not only one, but two chair endowments.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

During theTogether We Reach campaign, UMFA donors powered the museum’s most ambitious efforts, including the Monet to Picasso exhibition of modernist painting and sculpture from the Cleveland Museum of Art and an impressive selection of originally curated exhibitions.

School of Dentistry

The University of Utah School of Dentistry is committed to educating and training excellent, compassionate and ethical dentists. The School of Dentistry received some major gifts during theTogether We Reach period (July 2005 through March 2014).

College of Social and Behavioral Science

CSBS has brought in $18+ million during theTogether We Reach Campaign and plans to reach $19 million by campaign’s end. Highlights include $2.5 million for the Francis Wormouth Presidential Endowed Chair in Political Science, $1.2 million for the Wayne Owens Endowed Chair in Middle East Politics, and many more gifts in scholarship endowments.

School of Medicine

Together We Reach Highlights for the School of Medicine Alumni Association mainly surround building our scholarship program. During the campaign Dr. Robert H. Ballard gave $5 million to establish eight full-ride scholarships in the SOM.

Tanner Humanities Center

With operating funds from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Tanner Center has now hosted four Ph.D. candidates engaged in Mormon Studies research. The Eccles Foundation has recently extended its funding for two additional years.

Huntsman Cancer Institute

From June 2005 to March 2014, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) was able to double its space for inpatient and outpatient care with the expansion of the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. In addition, HCI completed the planning for a new Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

University Neighborhood Partners

Thanks to the support of generous donors and key partners, the UNP Hartland Partnership Center moved into a new facility in April 2013. In addition to UNP Hartland, several donors invested in UNP in the form of new scholarships for students seeking to continue their educations after high school.

Dept. of Psychiatry

The donor base for the Department of Psychiatry and has expanded dramatically since 2005 with many areas benefitting from first time donations. The new University Neuropsychiatric Institute is now home to the Department of Psychiatry and thanks to many alumni and friends we raised over 1.5 M for the building fund between 2009 and 2011.

College of Health

During theTogether We Reach campaign (July 2005 – March 2014), the College of Health’s fund raising efforts had two significant highlights: student scholarships and the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Health Professions Education Building.

College of Architecture + Planning

Reaching a Sustainable Future Through Design is a comprehensive effort to support the College of Architecture + Planning and its mission to educate future professionals who are concerned with constructing and maintaining the highest quality in our built and natural environments. Among several campaign priorities, our major initiative is to expand and renovate our 1970 building.

Natural History Museum of Utah

In November 2011, after nearly 20 years of work, friends from throughout the community gathered to celebrate the opening of the Natural History Museum of Utah’s landmark new home, the Rio Tinto Center. The new Museum — the result of a truly remarkable combination of private and public support totaling more than $102.9 million — is nestled into the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range.


KUER's participation in the "Together We Reach Campaign," resulted in our strengthening and extending our broadcast reach, adding valuable staff positions to our Newsroom, RadioWest, and Development staffs. And it has allowed us to invest in our various digital platforms; HD radio, our web site, the KUER smartphone app. and a VideoWest web portal. KUER raised approximately 1.7 million dollars during this campaign.