Allen gift launches $1B fundraising campaign

 Paul G. Allen with WSU President Elson Floyd.

SEATTLE - Paul G. Allen, investor, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Inc., has made the largest gift to WSU in the school’s history, $26 million to support programs and fund construction in the School for Global Animal Health.

The gift was announced Thursday at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center during the kickoff event for the public phase of The Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas.

Begun in July 2006, the campaign’s goal is to raise $1 billion by 2015 to coincide with the university’s 125th anniversary. To date, $532.2 million has been committed.

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