Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) announced a record $ 56 million in donations over the past year, marking the highest amount of gifts received by the school.
Donations will help fund scholarship programs, expand educational and professional opportunities, and modernize GULC facilities. The school had previously recorded its largest amount of donations and gifts in 2019, when it received $ 40 million in fundraising.
Even with the transition to virtual fundraising events due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, people were still motivated to support the school, according to William Treanor, dean of the Law Center.
âWhen the pandemic started, we quickly turned to all virtual programming,â Treanor wrote in an email to The Hoya. âOver 61,000 people participated in our programming during the year, which was extraordinary. “
A successful fundraising year will impact all aspects of the Law Center, including funding for faculty positions, upgrading campus facilities and funding scholarships, according to Treanor.
As part of GULC’s fundraising efforts, the school has launched several initiatives. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Law Center launched a special campaign to obtain 150 gifts of $ 150,000 or more, which ended on July 1, 2021 after exceeding its goal of obtaining 155 gifts.
Included in last year’s donations is the school’s biggest gift to date, a $ 24.5 million contribution from the estate of Agnes Williams (LAW ’54), who graduated in Georgetown’s first law class which included women and was a former member of the GULC Board of Trustees. The donation will fund the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professorships Fellowship, an endowment that will allow Georgetown Law to hire and retain outstanding faculty.
Frequent donors Timothy O’Neill (LAW ’77), who is vice chairman of the board, and Linda O’Neill (NHS ’77), who is a member of the board, made another donation of $ 10 million to establish the Center for Transformational Health Law, which focuses on the legal and political impact of COVID-19. The Center is housed within the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, which was founded in 2007.
The donation will allow the O’Neill Institute to continue its research and focus on health issues, according to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95).
âOn behalf of Georgetown, I wish to express our deep appreciation for the generosity and leadership of Agnes Williams, Tim and Linda O’Neill – who have each allowed us to deepen the context of our faculty to pursue research and scholarship. revolutionary and help advance justice in our world, âDeGioia wrote in a press release.
Another big fundraising goal over the past year has been raising funds to support scholarships and financial aid at GULC, according to Treanor. Over the past year, the school’s annual fund, which distributes aid to students through various programs, received $ 8.2 million in donations.
The Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides assistance to students who may not have been able to attend Georgetown, has received large donations, according to Gene Finn, associate dean for development and alumni affairs and one of the Opportunity Scholarship campaign coordinators.
âThe scholarship program has been a high priority for Dean Treanor as it enables exceptional students to attend Georgetown Law who, without the financial assistance, may not have been able to be here,â said Finn writes in an email to The Hoya. âOur alumni were very happy to support the program and to meet the students who benefit from their philanthropy.â
The Opportunity Scholarship Program, which currently has 110 participants, began six years ago and has raised $ 22 million to support high need and deserving students at Georgetown Law.
The large amount of donations represents the commitment of GULC graduates to supporting students, according to Treanor.
âOur alumni have responded with their typical generous spirit and have helped us meet the needs of these students,â Treanor wrote.