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Campaign progress

With just months to go, results build

Announcing the $400 million goal for the Ever to Excel campaign in the fall of 1999, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, spoke of the transforming effect the campaign would have on the University. With the campaign concluding on May 31, 2003, the transformations are apparent and the goal is sure to be surpassed, say Boston College officials.

Concerning the progress thus far, Leahy says, “This has been an overwhelmingly successful fundraising campaign. The generosity of our Boston College family is extraordinary, and our goal is surely within our grasp.”

Under the leadership of the campaign’s cochairs and executive committee, more than 76 gifts in excess of $1 million have been secured that will provide needed support for professorships, scholarship, faculty research, new buildings, and operating funds. With the efforts of the national campaign committee, giving in the range of $100,000 to $999,000 has almost doubled compared with BC's previous campaign. “This type of momentum is astounding and gratifying,” says cochair Jack Connors, Jr. ’63, chairman and CEO of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos. “Because of our alumni, parents, and friends, we can expand all the possibilities at Boston College.”

At the foundation of the effort is the work of the annual giving societies. The Boston College Fund, which includes gifts of $1 to $99,999, has set an annual goal of $16.6 million. Fides chair Ann Finck ’66 is delighted at the progress. “Our 2003 goal is 3,063 pledges, and we are well on our way to achieving that,” she says. “We anticipate a strong response from our devoted membership, as well as a good response from first-time members, especially young alumni.”

President’s Circle chair Randy Seidl ’85 has made a concentrated effort this year to strengthen that society’s volunteer corps. The team has set a goal of 520 gifts by May 2003 (individual gifts from $5,000 to $9,999). The Gasson Society recognizes donors who give $10,000 or more; in 2002—only its third year—its 40 volunteers, led by John Powers ’73, managing director of Goldman Sachs, attracted 331 donors, putting them on track to meet their goal of 665 pledges by May 31, 2003.

Photo: University President William P. Leahy, SJ, with Chicago cochairs (from left) Matt Botica ’72 and Christine Botica, Mary Casey ’78 and Brian Casey ’76. By Michael Deane

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