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Despite year of turmoil, Mizzou announces record fundraising

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Despite a year of turmoil, Mizzou secured record fundraising. (AP Images) Despite a year of turmoil, Mizzou secured record fundraising. (AP Images)

By BILL DRAPER
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A $25 million donation from a Houston-based foundation helped push fundraising at the University of Missouri's flagship campus to a record high despite several months of racial unrest.

The university announced on Wednesday that it raised nearly $171 million in fiscal year 2016, which ended June 30. That's more than $23 million higher than last year's total and nearly $7 million more than the previous record set in 2014.

Top Mizzou fundraising official Tom Hiles says the school has a generous donor base that stepped up.

Sam Hamacher says he and other donors kept an eye on the university's reaction to protests that broke out in November over the administration's handling of racial issues. He says alumni decided that if something needs to be fixed, then it should be.

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