Driven: The Campaign for the School of Dentistry

$27,796,693 raised, $6.24 million for student support, $4.45 million for faculty and staff support, $2.6 million for research, $5.57 million for capital investments, $8.8 million for program support

Together we raised $27 million for the School of Dentistry during the Driven Campaign for the University of Minnesota. Lasting 10 years, from 2011 – 2021, the University witnessed record-breaking fundraising years, all leading to a successful goal of $4 billion.

31 new scholarships created, $3.2 million awarded to students

From Vision to Reality

Keith A. Mays, DDS, MS, PhDOur collective vision for this campaign was to increase support for our students, advance research and fully support a transition to incorporating digital dentistry in our curriculum. I’m pleased to report that scholarship awards increased 10% per year over the course of the campaign and 31 new scholarships were created. Research advancements occurred in both basic science and clinical research. Of note, the recent collaboration between researchers and clinicians made an immediate direct impact on patient care and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Alvin Wee, Director, Division of Prosthodontics, leads our digital dentistry initiatives that includes the development of a proposal to transform the Advanced Simulation Clinic (part of our last capital campaign) into a space that can educate our entire dental community on the latest technological advancements.

I sincerely thank all of our donors. Your gifts have truly made a difference to our School and a lasting impact on our mission of education, research, and outreach. -- Dean Keith A. Mays, DDS, MS, PhD

3366 total donors, 40% first-time donors, 60% alumni, 32% other donors, 8% faculty and staff