The university raised $26.16 million, including the largest single gift in Puget Sound’s history.

University of Puget Sound’s motto—"To the heights!”—has rarely felt so apt. In July, the university closed the books on another successful year as it celebrated raising $26.16 million, a 43% increase from the previous fiscal year. The gifts will help Puget Sound continue to work toward the ambitious goals set forth in its Leadership for a Changing World strategic plan. Puget Sound's endowment sits at $448.6 million.

This year’s philanthropic contributions include the single largest gift in Puget Sound’s history: a $10 million commitment from the Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation in support of Puget Sound Athletics and, in particular, to fund the Puget Sound Performance Success (PS2) Program, which blends athletics and experiential learning to provide holistic support for student-athletes. Puget Sound also received a $2 million gift from alumna Ellen Ferguson ’72 to support the Legacies Project, an initiative to examine and learn from Puget Sound’s role in the diverse histories that have shaped the Pacific Northwest. The $26.16 million total includes $2.34 million earmarked for the Puget Sound Fund, providing consistent annual support for ongoing institutional priorities.

“At Puget Sound, we’re constantly evolving to serve our students, alumni, and the community we call home. We could not do this important work without the support of our generous donors,” said President Isiaah Crawford. “Because of this investment, we are able to offer a truly transformative education today and for generations to come.”