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We made it! Congratulations to all who have supported the Will to Lead campaign.

The numbers are in. The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson not only reached its goal of $600 million by its June 30, 2012, deadline, it surpassed it by nearly $9 million.

Six years ago, the Will to Lead campaign began with a goal to support students and faculty and to provide an exceptional education. The campaign created 357 new scholarships and fellowships and provided endowed chairs, professorships and support for 95 faculty. The Will to Lead campaign has made it possible for Clemson to renovate and/or build new facilities and support programs that give students a more hands-on, engaged learning experience.

There is so much more to do — so many more needs to be met. Clemson will continue the Will to Lead campaign to $1 billion.

Clemson announces a new Will to Lead campaign goal of $1 billion. This is the largest campaign goal ever to be set by a public university with an alumni base our size.

The needs are great — we must continue to compete for the best students and faculty. We must build to compete in facilities for academics and athletics.

“We owe it to ourselves and our children to endow their future,” says President Jim Barker, “to grow our permanent base of support . . . to make sure Clemson is on a solid foundation forever.”

The Will to Lead campaign

  • raised an average of $277,882 a day for six years
  • will impact more than one million square feet of facilities through new construction or renovations
  • brought in 201,537 unique gifts

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The Will to Lead

Students and faculty are at the heart of everything we do at Clemson. Our support for them, the facilities for their learning and the opportunities for learning engagement is vital to the success of the University.

Why Give?

  • To recruit and retain top students
  • To attract and keep leading faculty
  • To build facilities, infrastructure and technology to excel
  • To support initiatives that keep Clemson education exceptional

How to Give

There are many ways you can support Clemson.

Thank You

Clemson is grateful for your generosity! Your gifts:

  • Change the lives of deserving students
  • Support faculty
  • Help Clemson toward its goal of being a top 20 public university