UHV announces more than $13M raised in eight-year fundraising campaign

Many achievements shared at the 2019-2020 Annual Report virtual event

VICTORIA, Texas- The University of Houston-Victoria hosted the President’s Annual Report virtually Tuesday at noon to update the community on milestones achieved by the University between 2019-2020.

UHV President Bob Glenn and some of his colleagues shared various accomplishments over the past year, as well as some of the challenges the university faced, particularly in 2020.

In March 2020, not only did the University grapple with a fire in the University West- main academic building, and weather emergencies, but also the ongoing COIVD-19 pandemic.

Once the pandemic began, UHV announced that all classes would be taught online and events were canceled including sports and the spring commencement ceremony.   

Despite setbacks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, UHV Vice President for University Advancement, External Affairs, Jesse Pisors, had a big announcement at the end of the Annual Report regarding the conclusion of the Here We Go fundraiser campaign. 

“Quietly, and without fanfare, the University of Houston- Victoria began the Here We Go fundraising campaign on September 1, 2012. Eight years later, the campaign concluded and with it, the most successful fundraising effort in UHV history,” said Pisors.

Pisors said that at the 2017 Annual Report event the University announced the public phase of the Here We Go campaign. The goal of this campaign, he said, was to raise more financial support for UHV than ever before. 

“Why was this campaign important? We believe that through Here We Go, we would be able to increase scholarship support for our students, better attract and retain faculty, and build or enhance facilities and academic programs like never before.”

The eight-year campaign concluded on August 30, 2020. How much did they raise? Jax the feline mascot joined Pisors at the lectern and flipped over a big board that showed an eight-figure number. Through gifts made by 4,591 donors, UHV raised $13,430,540.

Pisors said that the gifts ranged from $1 to $1.5 million. More than $3.7 million was raised just in support of student scholarships. He went on to share more fundraising milestones that were reached in the last four years of the campaign. 

The second-largest gift now in UHV history, $1.5 million, from the M.G. and Lily H. Johnson Foundation to help equip and build out labs in the new Northwest center, and university South for their new award-winning three-story building for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the largest gift to UHV athletics, 65 acres of land from the Bennett Wood family for a future athletic site valued at $820,000. 

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UHV President Bob Glenn also celebrated the University’s receipt of a $2.25 million 5-year Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help them facilitate student success and faculty training with new programming.

This included:

– the summer bridge program for incoming freshman 

-financial literacy instruction

-increased tutoring and supplemental instruction

-internship assistance

-additional advising

Read more information about the 2019-2020 Annual Report here.