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Philanthropists offer fund match for Utah Valley University building

OREM (Deseret News) — Local philanthropists, Marc and Debbie Bingham, have offered a $1 million match for any funds raised this year in support of a new science building at Utah Valley University.

The school has raised just over a million for the proposed $50 million facility, which is badly needed due to space constraints on campus.

"Being on the UVU Foundation Board and knowing what I know about the university, I felt very strongly that this building needed to be built, both for the students and for the faculty," said Debbie Bingham, whose family founded the Phone Directories Company and manage Blue Diamond Capital, an investment firm. She hopes the announcement will help spur other donations, which will be doubled by their match, up to the first million.

"By doubling the effect of even small donations, the Bingham's generosity signals that UVU has the capacity to support creative solutions the state Legislature is currently exploring to fund the top building need at the state's fastest-growing university," said UVU President Matthew Holland. "Every dollar counts at this point."

Holland encourages anyone, specifically in the Utah Valley region that relies on UVU, "to give in any way and any amount they can."

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