BGSU celebrates $100,000,000 mark in fund-raising campaign

The University has reached the $100,000,000 milestone in its major fund-raising campaign, University officials have announced.

Begun in 2002, Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for Bowling Green State University is a multiyear, national fund-raising effort with a goal of $120 million. The campaign is scheduled to end in December 2008.

“We are extremely pleased to reach this point in the campaign,” said campaign co-chair Ronald Whitehouse of Free Union, Va. “Our donors are showing their commitment to the University and their belief in our mission, and they inspire us to continue on.”

The money raised by the campaign will be used both for capital improvement projects and a variety of programs and areas, from the arts to business to athletics and community outreach.

Targeted are the BGeXperience, a universitywide program to foster analytical thinking and principled graduates; WBGU-TV, the President's Leadership Academy, and endowed scholarships, which have increased by more than 345 since the beginning of the campaign.

Jump-starting the fund drive early on were gifts at the one million dollar level and above pledged for the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Sebo Athletic Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

The campaign surged forward by a record $15,912,966 in private donations in fiscal year 2005-06, said Marcia Sloan Latta, campaign director and senior associate vice president for University advancement.

“We’re grateful to the 54,000 alumni, employees and friends who have gotten behind the effort,” she said.

Campaign co-chair Kermit Stroh, of Wapakoneta, said, “Our goal is in sight, and every donation, no matter how big or how small, helps us help our students and keep the University moving forward. We’re energized by reaching the $100,000,000 mark, and excited to see what the next year brings.”

September 4, 2006