Iowa State fundraising campaign surpasses $1.1 billion goal 2 years ahead of schedule


Beardshear Hall in September 2016.

Madelyn Ostedorf

The Forever True, for Iowa State fundraising campaign reached its $1.1 billion goal nearly two years ahead of schedule.

The campaign is focused on long-term fundraising to continue improving Iowa State and the future students who attend.

Named after the university’s fight song, the campaign strives to uphold the values of a land-grant university and is in place to rally support for scholarships for Iowa State students, backing the faculty and improving facilities and programs on campus.

Forever True, for Iowa State was publicly launched in September of 2016 and was pitched to be an eight-year campaign to raise $1.1 billion by June of 2020.

The university announced the campaign had already reached its $1.1 billion goal Monday and would be increasing their future goal by $400 million and extending the campaign’s end time to June of 2021, according a news release by the Iowa State Foundation.

“We thank the donors for their support of Iowa State University,” said Elaine Watkins-Miller, director of communications for the Foundation. “Truly their generosity is appreciated at the university and making its education accessible for more students. It’s really powerful, what they are doing.”