the Ever to Excel Campaign national
As the Ever to Excel Campaign surpasses the $240-million mark, Boston
College is taking the Campaign to alumni, parents, and friends across
the country. The national effort includes a series of regional Campaign
events, which began with a New York-region kickoff at the Pierre
Hotel in Manhattan on October 25.
"I am pleased to say that we are ahead of schedule on the way
to achieving the Ever to Excel Campaign's $400 million goal,"
said Campaign cochair Jack Connors, Jr. '63. "As we enter the
national phase of the Campaign, I am confident that our strong and
growing national community of alumni, parents, and friends all over
the United States will bring us to that goal."
"This is a very important point for the Campaign, and for the
future of our university," added cochair Geoffrey T. Boisi
'69. "We need every member of the Boston College family, whether
they give one dollar or millions, to answer the call."
Boisi echoed the Campaign theme of kairos, a Greek word
that refers to moments in time when opportunities and challenges
meet and, if seized, lead to new greatness.
The Ever to Excel Campaign supports advances at Boston College in
teaching, research, and student formation. Its goals include a significant
increase in financial aid resources, 100 new professorships, strong
support for campus construction projects, and funds that can be
used to take advantage of special opportunities, such as faculty
research activities and technology assistance for students.
The Campaign has already achieved notable success, in terms of both
major gifts and overall fund-raising.
Thus far, the University has received 53 gifts of $1 million or
more, and 249 gifts between $100,000 and $1 million. Meanwhile,
the 1999-2000 fund-raising year was the most successful in the University's
Boston College received more than $49.2 million in gifts and $79
million in pledges last year, both records. The University's two
annual giving societies, President's Circle (gifts of $5,000 to
$9,999) and Fides (gifts of $1,000 to $4,999), each set membership
records as well. President's Circle reached its benchmark goal of
1,000 members, a 15-percent increase over last year. Fides reached
a new high with 2,550 members. With the 10 reunion classes pledging
more than $14.5 million, reunion giving also yielded strong results.