Washington College Now $20 Million Ahead of Original GoalChestertown, MD, July 16, 2003 — Year-end giving coupled with a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations of Jacksonville, FL, have pushed the Campaign for Washington College to nearly $92 million. With six months remaining, the Campaign is $20 million ahead of the College's original five-year, $72 million campaign goal.
The $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations is designated for the new $19 million, 45,000-square-foot campus Science Center currently under construction. Other recent major gifts include $200,000 from the estate of the late Maureen Jacoby, former managing editor of the College's Literary House Press, for internships and scholarships; $50,000 from The Clayton Fund of Houston, TX, for scholarships; and more than $531,000 raised in honor of the late Washington College President Joseph H. McLain for whom the three-story glass atrium in the new Science Center will be named.
“We are very pleased with our progress in the final leg of the Campaign,” said College Trustee Thomas H. Gale, Chair of the Milestone Council, a group charged with taking the Campaign as far as it can go by the end by its completion date of December 31, 2003. “We have the momentum to take this drive, the most successful in the history of the College, to even greater heights with the support of our many alumni, parents and friends.”
Monies raised by the Campaign are specifically dedicated to faculty, campus enhancements, academic programs and scholarships. Since the beginning of the Campaign in September 1998, 15 donors have given $1 million or more to the fund drive, and 105 contributors each have given $100,000 or more.
“The support and goodwill extended to this College has been tremendous,” said Bill MacIntosh, Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. “More than 11,000 donors have given to the campaign. At an institution our size, each gift, no matter the amount, makes a big impact on individual students' educations and the future directions of their lives.”