When We Rise as One,

We Are a Formidable Force

In 2008, we set our sights on an ambitious goal: to raise $1 billion in support of Auburn University. It was the beginning of the university’s largest fundraising campaign in its history — an endeavor that ultimately would transform the trajectory of Auburn’s future.

Because of the overwhelming generosity of the Auburn Family, Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University raised more than $1.2 billion in record time. Your gifts made Auburn the first university in the state to raise more than $1 billion in a fundraising campaign, proving that we are committed to preserving the Auburn experience for future generations.

Through your support, you are making our exceptional education accessible to deserving students who otherwise could not afford it.

You are enriching the student experience, from research to study abroad, providing cutting-edge teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom. Your gifts are enabling Auburn to compete for the best faculty members and the high-caliber graduate students they attract, and you are building the future through gifts to construct and rejuvenate campus spaces. And that’s only the beginning.

We were honored to serve as co-chairs of this campaign and to stand alongside you as part of this historic effort. We look forward to the future with gratitude for all you have done to ensure the success of Because This is Auburn. Together, we will chart this new path, confident in the future your generosity has created; because this is Auburn’s time. This is our moment.


Campaign Co-Chairs
Joe ’71 and Gayle ’70 Forehand
Raymond ’82 and Kathryn ’81 Harbert
Wayne ’68 and Cheryl ’68 Smith
Beth Thorne Stukes