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CAMPAIGN TRAIL

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Members of the Campaign Executive Committee and the Trustee Committee on Development

Ever to Excel sets record with $441 million in gifts to the University

Boston College's recently completed six-year "Ever to Excel" campaign generated more than $441 million in gifts from more than 90,000 donors. Ever to Excel began in 1997 with a $300 million goal that was raised, midway through the campaign, to $400 million.

Nearly two-thirds of the campaign proceeds--$280 million--is earmarked for the University's endowment. Of those funds, $80 million will go toward professorships; $71 million to student scholarships and financial assistance; $59.3 million to academic initiatives; $9.1 million to undergraduate research assistantships, student retreats, and volunteer programs; and $2.3 million to the BC libraries. A $3.3 million gift from the University's Jesuit community will endow programs that reflect BC's Jesuit and Catholic mission and heritage. The remaining $55.3 million in endowment funds are undesignated, in anticipation of future needs.

Beyond the endowment, $123.8 million of the money raised will support current initiatives, while $37.9 million is allocated to facilities. As a result of Ever to Excel, Higgins Hall, which houses the biology and physics departments, has undergone major renovations (see "Scientific Revolution" in this issue). The Yawkey Foundation committed $15 million for a new varsity athletics center.

Alumni contributed $259 million to the campaign, nearly 60 percent of the total. Corporations and foundations provided an additional 20 percent of the gifts, while parents and friends contributed another 20 percent. The University's faculty and staff contributed more than $2.7 million.

The campaign saw three schools named as a result of major gifts: the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, the William F. Connell School of Nursing, and the James A. Woods, SJ, College of Advancing Studies (the last through a gift by Katherine and Robert Devlin in the name of the school's longtime dean). Although the majority of gifts (85 percent) came in under $1,000, a total of 82 donors made pledges of more than $1 million.

Ever to Excel was cochaired by University President William P. Leahy, SJ, Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, and trustees Jack Connors, Jr. '63, Geoffrey Boisi '69, Gregory Barber '69, and Peter Bell '86. "Four years ago, I asked that you help Boston College fulfill its mission of being the light unto the nations that the Bible speaks of, a beacon of strength and hope," said Leahy on October 24, at a celebratory dinner for nearly 300 donors in Bapst Library. "You have done that."

Reid Oslin

 

Reid Oslin is the senior media relations officer in BC's Office of Public Affairs.

 

Photo: Members of the Campaign Executive Committee and the Trustee Committee on Development: (standing, from left) Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong '71, President William P. Leahy, SJ, Ann R. Finck '66, Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. '63, Mary J. Steele Guilfoile '76, Robert M. Devlin P'88, P'90, Randall P. Seidl '85, Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC'71, Gregory P. Barber '69, John J. Powers '73, Kathleen A. Corbet '82, Patrick Carney '70; (seated, from left) Megan Carroll Shea '89, JD '92, Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, Jack Connors, Jr. '63, John A. McNeice, Jr. '54, Patrick T. Stokes '64. By Lee Pellegrini

 

 

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