LSU is launching the state’s largest-ever education fundraising effort, aiming to raise 1.5 billion dollars for the entire LSU system. 60 percent of the funds raised will go towards academics, and the other 40 percent will fund athletics. LSU Foundation spokesperson Sarah Whitaker says giving money is an investment in the state’s future.

“These are the people who are creating the future for Louisiana tomorrow, and creating solutions for problems that affect people all around the world.”

1.35 billion will go towards academics, athletics, and alumni engagement at the flagship Baton Rouge campus, 146 million will focus on health and biomedical facilities, and 29 million will head to LSU Alexandria, Eunice, and Shreveport.

Whitaker says the “Fierce for the Future” campaign is the first to unite fundraising for all eight LSU campuses.

“The Flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the LSU AgCenter, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU of Alexandria, LSU Eunice, LSU Health New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport, and LSU Health Shreveport.”

Whitaker says instead of running separate fundraisers for each LSU entity, they believe the whole system will benefit from a united fundraising front.

“For LSU, this is what makes for us as a family of institutions, and this is what makes for Louisiana.”
Since 2015 the system has raised 38 percent of its goal.