The university raised $6.1 million from private donors in fiscal year 2010-11 -- the second year of its "University of Possibilities" fundraising campaign.

"We are on track to meet the long-term goal of raising between $40 million and $50 million over the seven- to eight-year campaign period," said Bob Burt, vice president of University Advancement, in a release.

The campaign, the first fundraising effort in the school's history, has raised $12.9 million.

About $5 million, or 81 percent of total gifts and private grants, came from corporations and foundations -- many were in support of the school's initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Some of the corporations that gave money included Bayer USA Foundation, Wareham Development and the Hearst Foundation. The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation alone committed $1.45 million to expand the university's Mathematics Achievement Academies into Contra Costa County beginning in the summer of 2012.

The university's fundraising campaign -- launched in July 2009 -- aims to increase private financial support for four broad priority areas: promoting academics, increasing student access to higher education, supporting student success and investing in new opportunities.

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