A letter from ULI Foundation Chairman Douglas D. Abbey and ULI Foundation Immediate Past Chairman Stephen R. Quazzo
Being part of ULI means giving back, and this Annual Report documents the many ways our members are giving their time, talent and treasure to help communities grow and thrive around the world. We are proud that the ULI Foundation played a key role in these successes by providing more than $8 million in Fiscal Year 2018 to support the Institute’s efforts to enhance the member experience, encourage member engagement, expand member impact and enhance the ULI mission in so many ways.
ULI’s Annual Fund continued to be a key source of funding for ULI over the past fiscal year. Nearly 2,800 members contributed more than $1.6 million to the Annual Fund, and the average gift amount was $521. Other important sources of funding for ULI in FY 2018 included $1.4 million in major gifts, $1 million in planned giving, and $2 million from the Foundation’s endowment. Together, these gifts supported an expansive range of programs, including UrbanPlan, the Urban Resilience program, Building Healthy Places initiative, Advisory Service Panels and Technical Assistance Panels. As you will see in the Annual Report, our members’ involvement in these programs is helping to expand ULI’s reach and strengthen the Institute’s impact locally and globally.
The Foundation’s support of ULI was also bolstered through collaborative efforts with external foundations, which contributed a total of $2.1 million to ULI. Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, and JPB Foundation helped fund programs within the Building Healthy Places initiative; and a grant from The Kresge Foundation helped fund the Urban Resilience Program.
All of this adds up to an impressive show of support for ULI in FY 2018. Going forward, we are excited at the prospect of even more gifts that will result from the Global Strategic Plan’s heightened emphasis on philanthropic support. The plan, which aims to significantly grow the ULI Foundation’s endowment, takes ULI’s tradition of giving back to a new level, positioning the Institute to expand member impact through mission-focused activities such as Advisory Services, Urban Plan, and the member-generated content emanating from each of ULI’s centers.
This enhanced support will help more members reach more people in more communities around the globe. It’s an exciting time for all of us who are passionate about leadership in land use, and who believe in ULI’s ability to turn our hopes and vision into reality.
On behalf of the ULI Foundation Board of Directors, we are grateful to all who have given to the Foundation to keep ULI’s momentum going. We take great pride in what the Foundation helped ULI accomplish in FY 2018 and we are confident that through the generosity of our members, ULI will do even more in the months and years ahead. A gift to the ULI Foundation is a gift for better communities now as well as generations to come.
Douglas D. Abbey
Stephen R. Quazzo
Immediate Past Chairman