TAF Surpasses $2 Million For 2003-04 Campaign

The Tulane Athletics Fund, the annual fund for the Tulane University athletics department which raises funds to support all Tulane student-athletes, completed another record-breaking year in 2003-04 as the final total for the TAF Annual Fund surpassed the $2 million mark for the first time, according to final figures released Monday. The Tulane Athletics Fund raised $2.065 million from a record 1,969 donors for the 2003-04 fiscal year which concluded June 30.

NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane Athletics Fund, the annual fund for the Tulane University athletics department which raises funds to support all Tulane student-athletes, completed another record-breaking year in 2003-04 as the final total for the TAF Annual Fund surpassed the $2 million mark for the first time, according to final figures released Monday. The Tulane Athletics Fund raised $2.065 million from a record 1,969 donors for the 2003-04 fiscal year which concluded June 30.

The $2-plus million total represented an increase of 43 percent from last year while the total number of donors increased by five percent. The Green Wave added 703 new donors in 2003-04 who accounted for more than $650,000 of the total.

That marks the fourth straight year under Athletic Director Rick Dickson that the total for the TAF Annual Fund has risen. In 1999-2000, the athletics Annual Fund brought in $635,000. TAF surpassed the $1 million mark for the first time in 2000-2001 with a total of $1.05 million, and after collecting a record $1.503 million from 1,881 donors a year ago, saw that mark erased by this year's totals.

"We've shown that we're building a solid program the right way at Tulane and many people have responded in support of our student-athletes," Dickson said. "It wasn't too long ago that we were happy to pass the $1 million mark with the athletics annual fund. To surpass $2 million this year is a tribute to our fans and supporters, and to our staff. In addition, I want to acknowledge the contributions of the Perpetual Wave Committee, especially the Annual Fund and Outreach committees, who worked hard to help us reach this total.

"However, our task is not over and we need more people involved to reach our future goals. We made a good start this year with 700 new donors, but that needs to continue and will be a focus of our fundraising in the coming year."

TAF has set a goal of $2.7 million for its Athletics Annual Fund for 2004-05, while Dickson hopes to see membership levels reach 5,000 by the conclusion of the Perpetual Wave Campaign. The TAF Annual Fund is one component of the Perpetual Wave, a $65 million, five-year effort to provide a permanent and solid base of support for Green Wave Athletics.
br> Dickson also said that the "2 for Tulane" program, wherein each contributor who refers a new donor to the TAF staff receives special benefits, will continue in 2004-05 as part of the drive to increase membership.

Complete information on the Tulane Athletics Fund and the Perpetual Wave campaign is available on the Tulane Athletics website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com and at www.PerpetualWave.com, or by calling the TAF office at 504-865-5356 or 1-888-GIVE2TU.

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