The Campaign for MHC: Halfway There!
At the end of June, The Campaign for Mount Holyoke reached another important milestone—$156.3 million has been raised toward the $300 million goal.
"This achievement signals yet again the commitment of our alumnae and friends to supporting the revolutionary enterprise that is Mount Holyoke College," said President Joanne V. Creighton. Earlier this year, President Creighton told a gathered group of alumnae, “What keeps Mount Holyoke strong is all of you. We need your loyalty and support. Without you, the College literally could not exist. You make a huge difference to the continuing viability of Mount Holyoke College.”
Since its launch in 2006, the Campaign has already changed the face of the College. Visitors to campus will see a number of projects made possible by donor generosity: a new, $30 million, green residence hall set to open this fall; a state-of-the-art, $5.9 million, track and field facility already completed; and expansion to the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, including new exercise and enhanced dance facilities. This expansion, now well under way, will represent a $7.6 million investment. In addition, plans are moving ahead for a new $2.1 million boathouse.
Facilities, however, are just a part of the story.
To date, the Campaign commitments have funded faculty support, student financial aid, internships, the Center for the Environment, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, the new residence hall, athletics, the sciences, general endowment, the Annual Fund, and much more.
"Since the beginning of the Campaign we've seen gifts and pledges from more than 21,000 alumnae, said Campaign cochair Barbara McClearn Baumann ’77. “This is a wonderful testament to the loyalty of the Mount Holyoke community. It’s also an investment in an institution that forges generation after generation of uncommon women.”
And then there is the endowment—the engine that powers crucial components of the College, including support for faculty and financial aid, and is the top Campaign priority. So far, $83.6 million has been raised for the endowment, nearly 50 percent of its eventual $175 million goal.
One campaign highlight from the past year was the April 2008 New York Celebrates Mount Holyoke gala held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Special guests included Congresswoman Nita Melnikoff Lowey '59 and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks '85. Bringing together over 500 alumnae and friends, this event typified the camaraderie of the Mount Holyoke community.
"Throughout the U.S. and across the globe, alumnae are working together to support the College," said Leslie Anne Miller ’73, board chair and Campaign cochair. "They see the success of the institution on a day-to-day basis. It's gratifying to see how committed they are to maintaining Mount Holyoke’s leadership as a leading research liberal arts college for women."
A complete breakout of the Campaign priorities is as follows: endowment goal, $175 million; Annual Fund goal for current operating use, $50 million; facilities goal, $30 million; and special projects and programs goal, $45 million.
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