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AABGU Has Most Successful Campaign Year to Date

AABGU Has Most Successful Campaign Year to Date

December 8, 2014

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New York, NY, December 8, 2014 — AABGU announced today that $60 million in campaign revenue was raised in its 2014 fiscal year, which ended on September 30. AABGU’s previous best was $41 million.

“For 45 years, since its inception, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has attracted the best and the brightest faculty, students and donors due in part to the pioneering spirit, dedication and innovation necessary to flourish in the desert,” says New York City real estate mogul and AABGU President Lloyd Goldman. “I am grateful to our board and donor family for their investment in this great institution that seeks to fulfill David Ben-Gurion’s vision for the Negev region.”

Lloyd and wife board reception

AABGU President Lloyd Goldman and his wife, Vicki, hosted AABGU’s Annual Meeting Dinner Reception at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel in September.

“As the American fundraising organization for Ben-Gurion University, AABGU continues to expand our donor base at all levels of contribution,” explains Doron Krakow, executive vice president of AABGU.

“This banner year was due to several significant contributions, a long-term investment in building our infrastructure, as well as a quality program calendar that continues to attract new donors and engage our existing supporters.”

Among the positive milestones at BGU this year were the agreements with many major international technology companies, including IBM, Lockheed Martin and EMC, which selected the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to the BGU campus to locate their cyber security and high-tech initiatives. Additionally, BGU signed an agreement with the Israel Lands Authority to expand the University and a build a new campus in Beer-Sheva.

The additional 57 acres — the last undeveloped tract of land within the already developed footprint of the city — will be connected to BGU’s flagship Marcus Family Campus via a series of pedestrian bridges and walkways, and will double the size of the University.

“Among the first buildings to be built on the new North Campus will be student dormitories, classrooms, laboratories, and a conference center,” says Krakow. “As always, the University looks to us for help in bringing the development of this campus to fruition and to make room for more than 10,000 additional students over the next few years.”

In November, for the fifth time, BGU organized and hosted the prestigious United Nations Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification attended by professionals and officials from dozens of countries. On the medical front, the University continues to focus on cutting-edge research, drug development and treatment of many different diseases that impact the world.

“AABGU raises in excess of 75 percent of BGU’s private funding, which was very important this year as the University continues to expand its research and academic infrastructure, as well as recover from missile attacks and overcome the problems caused by Operation Protective Edge,” says BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. “We are grateful for the dedication and efforts of the AABGU community, who support David Ben-Gurion’s dream of establishing a world class university in the Negev,” she says.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

Media Contact:
Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications