The University of Hawai'i Foundation announced a record $98.5 million of donations raised in the fiscal year 2014.
The UH Foundation supports students, faculty, research and program on all 10 UH campuses.
The UH Foundation says the record was due in large part to the Simons Foundation and its $40 million award to doctors Edward DeLong and David Karl, both UH Manoa professors in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. This was the largest private foundation gift UH has ever received.
Of the $58.6 million raised without the Simons Foundation gift, nearly 60 percent of funds raised came from local Hawaii corporations, foundations and individuals.
Since 2002, the UH Foundation has raised nearly $700 million to support UH programs and students.
The foundation says 99 percent of gifts raised are donor-directed. This means that donors decide how and where their gifts are used.