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January 25, 2002, Special Edition

The Campaign for Mount Holyoke Surpasses $200-Million Goal

Steering Committee to Review Future Goals and Directions for Next Two Years

An ambitious fundraising campaign launched by Mount Holyoke College in October 1998 has reached its goal two years ahead of schedule. The Campaign for Mount Holyoke College surpassed its $200- million goal in late December 2001. In February, the Campaign Steering Committee, with approval of the board of trustees, will determine future goals and directions for the Campaign, which continues through the end of 2003.

"The unprecedented success of the Campaign is a testament to the deep commitment and fervent support that alumnae and other members of the Mount Holyoke community have for building on the College's tradition of excellence," said President Joanne V. Creighton. Speaking at a celebratory reception held on campus December 20 to mark the attainment of the goal, President Creighton also praised the hard work and generosity of the many individuals who have made the Campaign so successful to date.
The final tally for the Campaign through the close of December 2001 amounted to $202.5 million, raised in contributions from alumnae, parents, and friends.

Creighton kicked off the public phase of the Campaign in October 1998, urging that "While this is a Campaign to raise money, it is not just about money.…This Campaign
has as its goal nothing less than securing the College's place as the best of the best."

To date, 21,500 alumnae, parents, and friends of the College have contributed to the comprehensive Campaign. Its goals have been successfully shaped by the wide-ranging Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003, which was developed by the College community and approved by the board of trustees in May 1997.

The Plan helped define goals for the Campaign by articulating the need for a stronger endowment, better facilities, increased support for annual giving to the College, and support for a range of new initiatives. The Plan also presented other strategies and goals for the College that have led to success on numerous fronts, including record-breaking performance in admissions.

According to Campaign cochairs Eleanor Graham Claus '55 and Harriet Levine Weissman '58, the success of the Campaign is a testament not only to the deep
commitment of alumnae and friends of the College, but to the hard work done by scores of alumnae volunteers and the staff of the Office of Development.

In a letter to Campaign volunteers sent earlier this month, the cochairs wrote, "A graduate of the class of 1938 recently commented, 'I feel that our alumnae are in a class by themselves. They are thinkers and doers. I am so grateful that I was able to go to Mount Holyoke.' That about sums up the Campaign's success. You are 'doers.' Thanks you for all you have done. You make us proud."

Among the many benefits the College has already realized through the Campaign:

  • Nearly $105 million in gifts and pledges has been raised to date for Mount Holyoke's endowment.
    Support of the endowment has been a central goal of the Campaign and will enhance the College's ability to maintain the highest level of educational excellence.
  • More than $37 million has been raised to contribute to the "bricks and mortar" construction costs of three major building projects, which will be funded primarily through the Campaign. Of those funds, $4.2 million has been raised toward the renovation and expansion of Pratt Hall, the College's music facility. This project has already been completed. The Campaign has also earmarked $3.2 million toward the renovation and expansion of the art building and museum, which is nearing completion.
  • In total, more than $32 million has been raised in support of construction, renovation, and endowment for the unified science center. Ground was broken last year for work on the center, which will, by its completion in 2003, encompass 116,000 gross square feet. This project has already attracted several of the largest gifts in Mount Holyoke's history, including a landmark naming gift of $10 million from an anonymous alumna for the science center's new environmentally "green" building and science center hub, the much-anticipated Kendade Hall.
  • The Kresge Foundation has issued a $1-million challenge to assist Mount Holyoke in completing the fundraising for the science center. To meet this challenge, the College must raise a total of $5 million from a broad constituency of alumnae, parents, and friends by December 31, 2002.
  • Record-breaking gifts have been made to the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Annual Fund, including its reunion fundraising efforts.
  • The Weissman Center for Leadership was dedicated in the spring of 1999 to increase students' understanding of the challenges facing today's leaders and thinkers. The center was endowed with a $4-million gift from Harriet Levine Weissman '58 and her husband, Paul Weissman, managing director emeritus of an investment banking firm. Many other programmatic initiatives have also sprung to life, including the Center for Environmental Literacy and initiatives focusing on technology and internationalism.ounter is3,068

"The drive and dedication of the Campaign cochairs, Eleanor Claus and Harriet Weissman, have been one key to the success of the Campaign," according to Charles J. Haight, vice president for development. "Not only do they exemplify the College's proud tradition of fostering women leaders, they have helped forge an effective partnership among faculty members and administrators, the development staff, and our network of Campaign volunteers and donors throughout the country." T

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