The UND Alumni Association and Foundation is expected to make a major announcement early next week.

UND Interim President Joshua Wynne said during a meeting with city and business leaders on July 30 that the university is gearing up to make a special announcement in the coming weeks regarding fundraising numbers over the past year.

“Last year was one of the best philanthropic years ever,” Wynne said while responding to a question about philanthropic support and “philanthropic challenges” over the past year.

One audience member responded “we didn’t read about that in the paper” to which Wynne responded “just wait” and to stay tuned.

During the 2018 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, the Foundation raised more than $34 million. At the end of fiscal 2018 the endowment sat at $278.6 million.

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During that meeting with business leaders, Wynne said decreasing student debt through philanthropic scholarships has been a passion for him since he became dean of the medical school 10 years ago. That passion continues for undergraduate students throughout campus.

“I think that trying to increase philanthropic support for scholarships is important to make sure that kids who don’t think they have the resources to go to college can go to college,” he said.