The Office for University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) is responsible for raising the funds required to ensure that the University carries out its primary missions—providing education of the highest caliber to its students, and public service to the community and nation. As a private institution, New York University relies on individual, foundation, and corporate philanthropy to augment revenue from tuition, fees, and investment return on endowment. In concert with other offices of the University, UDAR coordinates the efforts of the Board of Trustees, School Councils and Boards, University personnel, alumni, and friends of the University to attract support from the private sector.
Each school of the University coordinates their fundraising efforts through UDAR. Each school has a development director who works with the dean or deans of that school and its faculty members on development projects. Through the development director, UDAR can assist faculty members with proposal development and research on prospective donors. To ensure that more than one representative of the University does not solicit prospective donors at a time, all requests to approach a donor are cleared through UDAR. This office is also the route through which faculty members request the assistance of University trustees in their solicitations.
In addition to the individual fundraising efforts of each school director, UDAR also engages alumni and supporters of the university with a range of fundraising events and programs. UDAR coordinates the University’s annual fund solicitation efforts through The Fund for NYU and has established the Young Alumni Leadership Circle to engage recent graduates in giving to the University. UDAR assists faculty, alumni, and friends with making planned gifts through the Office of Planned Giving, and recognizes donors who have made significant gifts to NYU as members of several honorary gift societies. This office also coordinates the fundraising activity of the NYU Parents Program and the NYU Parents Committee.
In the fall of 2004, New York University, through UDAR, launched the Campaign for NYU — a comprehensive fundraising drive involving each of NYU’s trustees and deans, as well as University-wide administration and staff. The Campaign will run until 2008, and will raise significant philanthropic support to advance research, learning, teaching, and scholarship at NYU. The Campaign will provide essential financial resources for faculty recruitment and housing, student financial aid, research and programmatic support, and the creation and renovation of facilities that support academic and research programs.