From checks for cancer research to anonymous gifts for student scholarships, University of Washington donors have again made record-setting contributions to the university in the last fiscal year.
In 2010-11, UW donors gave $334 million, a 17 percent increase from the previous year. That's enough to make the UW rank fourth among public universities in terms of private money raised that year.
Among all universities, it ranks 14th in the nation — lagging Stanford, Harvard and Yale, but besting Cornell and the University of California, Berkeley. That continues a five-year trend that puts the UW in the upper echelon of schools with the largest amounts of private donations.
"It's astounding to us, the generosity, the belief in the university," said Connie Kravas, vice president for university advancement, the office that raises private money for the UW.