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The University of Massachusetts system and the state's public universities have nearly doubled their donations in recent years after a concerted effort..

The five UMass schools and the nine state universities nearly doubled their annual private fund-raising totals over the past decade, according to the Globe.

At UMass, yearly donations have increased from $63 million in fiscal year 2004 to $111.5 million in fiscal year 2014, which include two recent donations to UMass Amherst of about $10 million each and a $1 million donation to UMass Boston.


The state universities saw annual private gifts jump from $9.4 million to $18 million during the same time, according to the report. That also includes a recent $3 million gift to Bridgewater State University.

The report also said that while the state has increased funding for higher education in recent years, it is still down from the early 2000s.

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