Westminster expands fundraising campaign

Staff report

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Westminster College launched the public phase of the most successful fund-raising campaign in the independent liberal arts college’s 160-year history last month with a campus-wide celebration and announcement that West- minster already had raised $36.4 million for Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College.

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, already has surpassed the $35 million raised by Westminster’s Heritage Campaign in the early 1990s.

“Westminster College is an instrument of enormous change,” said President Richard Dorman. “Our mission is to transform individual lives, which in turn transform our communities, our nation and the world. “We do this one student at a time. Our success in doing so has endured since 1852. In recent decades, strong momentum has placed Westminster on an upward trajectory resulting in increased national recognition for the quality of the education we offer, the human character we develop and the affordability we maintain. Still, we have new heights to reach.”

Priorities of Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College:

People & Programs, $9.5 million for endowed scholarships, faculty development, academic program enhancements and the John & Elizabeth Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.

Facility & Campus Improvements, $16.5 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.

“Ever Higher is all about the students and the myriad ways they will benefit from the generosity of our donors,” said Gloria Cagigas, vice president for institutional advancement. “Westminster is blessed with loyal alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college who choose to make an investment in Westminster’s people and programs. They understand that enriching the lives of our students will pay dividends today and in the future as our students will uplift the lives of people everywhere.”

Robert Patton, a 1950 Westminster graduate, trustee emeritus and campaign chairman, said that during his time as a student at Westminster, he found knowledgeable and caring people who challenged and motivated him and pointed him toward success.

“Since then, I have seen the value of my education confirmed many times over,” he said. “With each passing year, my gratitude for my Westminster experience has continued to grow — as has my desire to give back as fully as I received. During this celebration, we can all express our appreciation for the benefits Westminster has brought — and continues to bring — to each of us,” Patton added. “Thank you for making a lasting difference in the lives of bright, hard-working students and in the future of this extraordinary institution.”

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