For immediate release: March 2, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston ranked 10th among Texas universities for the amount of funds contributed by private donors for its support in 2006, according to a national survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education.

Contributors made commitments of $54 million, including $36 million in cash to UTMB in 2006. UTMB was ranked 12th in 2005.

"UTMB is proud to be an institution worthy of such support," said Susan Coulter, vice president for the Office of University Advancement. "From philanthropic partnerships to the participation of our work force in charitable giving, we are grateful for the many benefactors who have provided critical support for education, research and innovations in clinical care."

Charitable contributions to U.S. colleges and universities grew by more than 9 percent in 2006, reaching $28 billion.

The increase was primarily fueled by contributions from alumni and other individuals. The council found that support from foundations, corporations and other non-governmental organizations increased by a smaller amount.

Stanford, Harvard and Yale universities took the top spots in the nation for contributions and the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas received the greatest support in the state.

The findings, released in February, are the result of an annual survey which has tracked giving to higher education for more than 50 years. About 1,000 institutions participated in the 2006 survey, representing about 77 percent of the research and doctoral-granting institutions.
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