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Texas Tech fundraising team named No. 5 in America

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Texas Tech University has been ranked number five of the "Top 25 University Fundraising Teams for 2013" by Michael Chatman, founder of Philanthropy Speakers Agency.

Universities were selected based on overall satisfaction from donors and fundraising professionals who work for the university.

"This has been a historic year for fundraising at Texas Tech," said Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance. "We are pleased that our team effort is being honored through this recognition. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our fundraising team, administration and generous donors and alumni, we were able to achieve our most ambitious fundraising goal to date."

The Texas Tech fundraising team is ranked behind only Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Brigham Young and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other ranked fundraising teams include the University of Texas at Austin (seven), Rice University (13) and Texas A&M University (18).

The Texas Tech University System recently concluded its capital campaign, Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech, which surpassed its original goal of $1 billion nearly a year ahead of schedule and generated a total of $1.069 billion.

"Our fundraising team is a success because all of our efforts are driven by passion for Texas Tech," said Scott Cooksey, interim vice chancellor for institutional advancement. "Each gift to our universities represents an investment in a cause the donor truly cares about, and it is exciting to see the impact of these gifts as our institution grows. This recognition is a tribute to the hard work of our team and generosity of our supporters."

The rankings are based on national surveys from Chatman's various speaking engagements, social media polls and radio interviews. He also conducted focus groups with the help of a team of volunteers in philanthropy, social innovation and donor research.

According to Chatman, the universities listed provide their fundraising teams with support, training and a healthy work environment.

Michael Chatman is the host of #WHYiGIVE, a weekly Twitter giving movement, as well as radio host of the Michael Chatman Giving Show. Voted America's Maverick Philanthropist and known as the voice of next generation philanthropy and social innovation, Chatman currently heads The Association of Maverick Philanthropists, the nation's largest network of mission-related philanthropists giving up to $50,000 annually. Visit www.michaelchatman.com for more information.

About the Texas Tech University System

The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of four component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.

In 2012, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 43,700 students for the first time in the TTU System's history. Whether it's contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that everything is possible.

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