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Moving Mason Forward

By Rob Riordan on March 22, 2019

Move fast. Go far.

That’s always been the Mason spirit.

Now, thanks to the generosity of the entire Mason Nation, we’ve achieved the biggest fundraising goal in our history. Over the decade-long course of the Faster Farther campaign, which officially ended December 31, George Mason raised a total of more than $690 million to support students, faculty, research, and campus facilities.

During that time, George Mason emerged as one of the nation’s top public universities and Virginia’s largest. Mason is an economic engine for Northern Virginia, a focus for community life, and a place where lives are changed every day.

Announced publicly in September 2015, the campaign kicked off with a $500 million goal—a goal that was not just met, but greatly exceeded. In 2016, Mason recorded the best fundraising year in its history—$98.3 million—and that momentum has continued.

While the largest gifts grab the headlines, our success is due to the combined efforts of 73,000 generous donors, who made gifts of every size, each supporting the cause or program they care about most. Teaming up with alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders, Mason supporters are committed to helping students and to making our region a better place to live and work.

In the sections linked below, we highlight some of the many ways that philanthropy helps Mason reach its most important goals: Becoming a tier-one research university. Opening important facilities. Establishing hundreds of new scholarships. Uniting excellence with access.

Of course, as Mason continues to grow, there’s always more to be done. But as we conclude the university’s largest campaign ever, it’s worth pausing to celebrate what’s already been accomplished.

So, thank you. And now, together—forward.

Bolstering Academics, Athletics, and the Arts

A Destination for the Region’s Intellectual and Cultural Life

Providing Students with a World-Class Education

Improving Access to Higher Education

Recruiting and Retaining Stellar Faculty

Leading Groundbreaking Research Initiatives



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