- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Dartmouth College says it received more than $285 million in donations and commitments from alumni, parents and friends in the last fiscal year.

The college said Tuesday that the $285.6 million it collected in gifts and pledges in the year ending June 30 was one of the highest totals in the Ivy League school’s history, and exceeded the college’s five-year average by nearly $60 million.

The total includes an $80 million gift - the second largest ever to Dartmouth - to create an institute focused on the intersection of energy and society.

Officials say fundraising has surged since President Phil Hanlon took office in 2013. Commitments exceeded $1.17 billion during his first four years, compared to $516 million in the four previous years.

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