Naropa University raised $1.35 million in donations this past year, an all-time fundraising high for the Budhist-inspired school.
The donations will help fund the university’s general fund and student scholarships.
Stuart Lord, president of the school, said increasing donations will remain a priority and the school wants to build on its fundraising success.
“I believe the generous donations demonstrate that people understand the value of Naropa University and its mission,” Lord said in a news release. “The gifts will help us continue to provide quality contemplative education at a high level of service, and they will help our students afford higher education.”
More than half of the money raised came without donor restrictions. The university will use those unrestricted gifts to support Naropa’s operating budget, approximate 20 percent of which is used for student scholarships.
Chris Dwyer, Naropa’s vice president for Institutional Advancement, said the school increased engagement with its donor base-alumni, parents and other supporters.
The university received gifts from the Frederic P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. It also received support from current and former trustees, local corporations and various other foundations.