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The time has come for Washburn University

Washburn University will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015, but the lead up to it has its own historical significance. In October 2013, Washburn went public with a $100 million campaign – the first campaign in the university’s history. 150 Forward: The Campaign for Washburn University aims to make Washburn a top-five Midwest master’s-level university by the year 2025.

It takes a spark to light a fire. And Boston College is blessed with a vast community of inspired supporters, whose gifts—no matter the size or nature—are helping the University advance the most aggressive capital campaign in the history of Jesuit Catholic education: the Light the World campaign.  In early April, the University celebrated reaching 100,000 donors, a milestone marked by a specially designed graphic.

Life is busy at St. Norbert College. The fall 2012 launch of a $90 million capital campaign and preparations to welcome a new member to its campus facilities, the Medical College of Wisconsin, have the development team working full speed ahead. Or, to be more exact, they are working Campaign St. Norbert: Full Ahead.

A commanding statue of Eastman Kodak founder and philanthropist George Eastman overlooks the quadrangle at the University of Rochester.  The statue is located at the heart of the campus that Eastman helped to create in the early part of the 20th century.  Commencement and other campus events take place around the statue, and it’s also a popular meeting spot for students between classes.  College kids love to have their Facebook photos taken with “George,” and even dress him up at Halloween. 

Like many public institutions, Eastern Michigan University has long relied on state funds to provide for the lion’s share of funding for its buildings and programs.  But the university is in the final stages of its Invest. Inspire. campaign—EMU’s biggest pitch ever to private donors.

Children find a welcoming environment at Canterbury School, an Episcopal day school that serves about 360 boys and girls from preschool to grade 8.  In the mornings, teachers and administrators stand in the carpool line and greet each child by name.  Middle school students hold the hands of little ones as they lead them to chapel.  The school’s no-cut athletic policy ensures everyone makes a team.

October 27, 2010

When James W. Marshall discovered gold in Coloma, California, in January of 1848, he sparked arguably the most transformative era in the state’s history. The “49ers” jump-started the state’s population, built towns, cities, railroads and schools all over the west, and created a vivid story that has since been showcased in countless films, books and museums.

August 13, 2010

In 2005, former Vice President Al Gore had been scheduled to address a group of insurance professionals in New Orleans about climate change and hurricanes. Ironically, Hurricane Katrina reared her ugly head, cancelling Gore’s trip. He instead accepted an earlier invitation to address the National Sierra Club Convention in San Francisco. While his thoughts did not wander far from the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf Coast, he emphatically warned the convention of another impending crisis.

September 29, 2009

The first colleges in America were located in towns and villages along the eastern seaboard, administered by churches for the training of their clergymen, and dedicated to propagating time-honored truths that should not be questioned. Unapologetically elitist in nature, determined to make higher education the domain of credentialed professionals, they made immense contributions to the nation's founding.

November 3, 2009

Dude you got into Flintridge Prep?
That's awesome man.

Bryan Garman remembers the day, last spring, when Wilmington Friends School received a special gift. Garman, the head of school, had been visiting the lower school campus and came to his office mid-morning. As he arrived, he remembered that his assistant called the development director and said, “All right—he’s here.”

When the Culver Academies' Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes paraded in front of the reviewing stand at last January's presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., they exhibited a degree of poise unusual in high school students. Their dignified restraint called to mind the admonition of the anonymous football coach whose team got too exuberant in victory. "Now, boys," the coach said. "Act like you've been here before."

For many years, Dr. Nick Mueller would stop by the home of his best friend after work. His friend was noted World War II historian Dr. Stephen Ambrose, and the pair had met while teaching a class in U.S. history together at the University of New Orleans.

“I would have a glass of sherry in his backyard every afternoon, and we would cook up our schemes,” said Mueller.

Article was written by Greg Esposito and originally appeared in the Washington and Lee magazine.

On Oct. 22, Washington and Lee announced the goal of its capital campaign: $500 million. As far as we know, that figure makes it one of the three largest campaigns ever undertaken by a liberal arts college. How and why did we decide on this campaign, this amount, this time frame?

Rob Moher, vice-president of development and marketing for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, looks forward to the day when "visitors will finally be able to find our nature center."