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Now & Ever Campaign Bolstered by $155.1 Million in Gifts
Private support helps the University of Mississippi innovate, inspire students and transform lives.

Alumni and friends of the University of Mississippi stepped up once again in fiscal year 2023, with gifts totaling $155.1 million, the second-highest fundraising year on record.

The Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss has reached $1.38 billion of its $1.5 billion goal — the largest-ever fundraising initiative for higher education in Mississippi.

During FY23, which closed June 30, the number of gifts to Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Ole Miss athletics came to 88,755 and the number of donors totaled 24,644, with 5,042 of those being new donors.

Private support fuels programs, scholarships, faculty support and facility improvements at Ole Miss.

“We’re experiencing tremendous momentum at the University of Mississippi, and this generous level of private support from our devoted alumni and friends plays a leading role in our transformational impact,” Chancellor Glenn Boyce said. “It makes it possible to welcome our largest freshman class in history, support faculty research and innovation, prepare health care professionals and champion student-athletes.

“I’m excited to see all the ways these significant funds will help build leaders, empower student success and create opportunities.”

The UM Foundation, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding this year, manages 1,666 endowments, with 70 new ones added this year. The endowment stands at approximately $840 million with endowed funds held permanently.

With 11% alumni participation, private giving to Ole Miss fueled meaningful progress across all areas of campus with noteworthy gifts. Among them were:

A highlight of the fiscal year was the annual Giving Day, reflecting the enthusiasm of alumni and friends as it set a one-time giving record with $6.83 million coming from 2,399 gifts.

“The momentum of Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss continues to grow, and we are most thankful,” said Charlotte Parks, vice chancellor for development. “As the fall semester opens and alumni and friends visit campus, they will see our excited students and dedicated faculty and want to take part in answering today’s challenges.

“Donors are giving to build leaders and strengthen the future, and we are extremely grateful for their vision and generosity.”

For more information on supporting Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, contact Charlotte Parks at or 662-915-3120; or give online at Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss. Checks, with the designated area written in the memo line, can be mailed to the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.

By Tina H. Hahn/UM Development


Online gifts for the 2024 calendar year should be made no later than noon on December 31, 2024.  Checks by mail will need to be postmarked by December 31 to be counted in the 2024 calendar year.