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Continued: Part Two: Full interview with U of M fundraising chairman Lou Nanne

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A: That’s right. I don’t think there was a full-scale plan to get people involved. You look around and we have tremendous colleges and universities in the state and many of them have done exceedingly well in fundraising and that’s a great thing. Now it’s our turn to do this. It’s something that I really believe should be done, can be done, and will be done. That’s what we’re going to work at.

Q: At some point you need the big contributions from three or four people.

A: We have plans, we have ideas. You know we have people who want to get involved. I met with somebody last week and they said, ‘I can help this much and I know my other people can help this much.’ I’m excited. There are people that right now, I have had people come up to me and say, ‘It’s about time, count me in.’ So I’m counting them in and it is time.

Q: Are you optimistic of finding a major donor.

A: I am but I wish you wouldn’t say major donor. We’re not looking for a major donor. We’re looking for $190 million, however we get it, not because of a major donor or donors. It’s a plan we’ve got because we think we can get that in place. We have a plan to get there and it’s going to be all of us. We don’t need a couple of top [donors] to be successful but obviously it would make it easier. People think you need a couple of top, no. It’s like anything else. You bite an apple one bite at a time and pretty soon you finish it.

Q: The football program needs it now though, to recruit.

A: The football team isn’t stopping playing football because we don’t have it right now. We have plans to get the stuff but that’s all part of the whole plan.

Q: Yeah but you don’t want 10 years down the road to build the training tables?

A: You shouldn’t be thinking 10 years down the road. I’m not thinking 10 years down the road.

Q: But how soon can you do the training tables and stuff like that?

A: I can’t give you a timeframe on that. Maybe if some of your stocks hit we can do it next week. I’m not giving you a timeframe. … You’re looking at this like a season, like the season starts we have an 80 game schedule and it’s over. This is not the same deal.

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