A Record Year for External Funding

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In fiscal year 2012-2013, Rutgers-Newark set new records for external funding through government, corporate and foundation-funded grants, while also surpassing its capital campaign goal for privately funded gifts and grants.

Grants received through the Rutgers-Newark Research Office totaled $33,112,210 in external funding for research, education, outreach and training, an increase of $6 million, or 22 percent, from the previous year, reports Alexander Gates, vice chancellor for research for Rutgers-Newark.

What’s more, privately funded gifts and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations through the “Our Rutgers, Our Future” capital campaign allowed the campus to already surpass its 2014 campaign goal, according to Irene O’Brien, vice chancellor for  development for R-N. The $19.05 million in gifts this past fiscal year brought the campaign total for the Newark campus to $98,902,009, exceeding the goal by almost $5 million.

Those impressive statistics translate into funding for research, scholarships, academics and programs that benefit the state’s communities and businesses. Here are some highlights:

  • The Arthur and Eileen Newman Family Foundation has established the Arthur B. Newman Honors College Scholars Endowment with a gift of $1million--one of the largest private gifts in Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) history. The award, which honors Arthur B. Newman (NCAS’65), will provide financial assistance for students in the Honors College.
  • Brenda Hopper and the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network headquarters, hosted at Rutgers Business School, received a total of $4.5 million in grants.  These included $2.7 million from the Small Business Administration for comprehensive small business assistance through counseling and training programs as well as other technical assistance aimed at existing small businesses and entrepreneurs.  More than $1 million was received for counseling, training and specialized services to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Other funds aided veterans, women and minorities starting, developing or expanding businesses.
  • The Paul V. Profeta Chair in Real Estate was established through a $3 million gift from Profeta, who also founded the Profeta Urban Investment Foundation at the Rutgers Business School in 2008.
  • School of Criminal Justice Dean Todd Clear received a total of $4million in grants ($2 million each from the Sunshine Lady Foundation and the Vera Institute of Justice) for the school’s participation in the NJ STEP Program, a consortium of New Jersey colleges that provide higher education courses for all students incarcerated under state custody, and assist in the transition to college life upon their release into the community.
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Alan Sadovnik, School of Public Affairs and Administration, received a $200,000 award from the Ford Foundation for the Newark Schools Research Collaborative Projects on Newark Public Schools.
  • Community Solutions, Inc. made a $500,000 commitment to the School of Criminal Justice support faculty and student research focused on reducing gang involvement.
  • Rutgers School of Law-Newark faculty and alumni demonstrated their commitment with generous support. Dean John J. Farmer Jr. made a $250,000 pledge, designated for the school’s most pressing priorities each fiscal year, while Saul Mendlovitz, the Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and World Order Studies, emeritus, established the Mendlovitz Family Fund, a $100,000 endowed fund, through a bequest gift. Former Law Dean Peter Simmons created the Ruth and Peter Simmons Law Reform Endowment, a $100,000 trust that will be funded by annual donations and bequests. Professor and alumnus Frank Askin and his wife, Marilyn Askin (NLAW’70), an adjunct professor, made a challenge gift of $50,000 to benefit the Frank and Marilyn Askin Fund for Clinical Legal Education, and it was matched in full by alumni Neil Mullin (NLAW'79) and Nancy Erika Smith (NLAW'80).
  • Deborah Walker McCall and the Academic Foundations Center received a total of $1.52 million in assorted grants to fund a range of programs offered through the center.  The funds, from the U.S. Department of Education, the State of New Jersey, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Victoria Foundation and various private donors, provided financing for academic support and enrichment programs designed for pre-college and undergraduate students. 
  • Psychology Professor Barry Komisaruk and the R-N Minority Biomedical Research Support Program received a total of $1.2 in grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

“This external funding reflects our campus's success in finding partners who will help us address today's most pressing challenges,” observes Interim Chancellor Todd Clear. “It gives us the foundation that enables us to provide a first-rate education to an exceptionally diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students. What’s more, the increased external funding directs our attention to some of the exciting initiatives on campus.”

O’Brien describes R-N deans, directors and faculty as “the key to success” in the funding increases.  “The development office simply tells the story of what our deans and faculty are doing, what the campus is accomplishing. Donors support us because they believe in what we do here.” She also credited members of the campus community for more aggressively seeking grants from government, corporate and foundation sources.