College raises campaign goal

Staff report

New wilmington, pa.

Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College was so successful during its nonpublic phase that the Board of Trustees approved raising the campaign goal to $50 million.

Westminster College launched the public phase of the most successful fundraising campaign in the independent liberal arts college’s 160-year history Sept. 21 with a campuswide celebration and announcement that Westminster already had raised $36.4 million for Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College.

Most colleges expect to raise about half of the campaign goal during the initial, or quiet, phase of the campaign. Westminster reached 91 percent of Ever Higher’s $40-million goal during the past two years. Ever Higher, with several years remaining in the campaign, has raised $37,241,558 and surpassed the $35 million raised by Westminster’s Heritage Campaign in the early 1990s.

“From an initial working goal of $40 million, we have had outstanding success from the generosity of alumni and friends of Westminster,” said Westminster College President Richard Dorman. “Their generosity and belief in Westminster’s mission empowers us to increase our ambitious goal and invest in our students, faculty, facilities and programs.”

The goal for the “People & Programs” component of the campaign was increased to $15 million from $9.5 million, and the goal for “Facility & Campus Improvements” increased from $16.5 million to $21 million.

Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College priorities:

People & Programs — $15 million for endowed scholarships, faculty development, academic program enhancements and the John & Elizabeth Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.

Facility & Campus Improvements — $21 million for Patterson Hall renovation, Hoyt Science Center renovation, construction of Berlin Village Phase II student townhouses, athletics and campus landscaping.

The Westminster Fund — $8 million in annual gifts to the Westminster Fund scholarship contributions to reduce educational expenses for all students and enhance academic, athletic and student-life programs.

Legacy Gifts for Our Future — $6 million in future gifts to endowment through trusts, bequests, charitable gift annuities and other long-term arrangements to create a permanent donor legacy.

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