Meredith College has experienced the highest fundraising totals in the College’s history, raising more than $18 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Meredith’s previous fundraising record for a single year was $7.2 million.
Meredith College is in the early phase of its Beyond Strong fundraising campaign, which will be its largest campaign in history. The Beyond Strong campaign is building momentum toward Meredith’s 125th anniversary in 2016.
The Beyond Strong campaign supports six pillars identified through the College’s strategic plan: educational excellence, optimal enrollment, enhanced financial strength, cutting edge facilities and technology, greater visibility, and enhanced quality of life.
“It is so touching to hear donors’ reasons for giving to Meredith—oftentimes to honor a mother, wife, daughter, or sister who excelled here,” said President Jo Allen. “Others give because they value Meredith’s dynamic legacy of educating students to become even stronger and because they know the power of educated women in corporations, nonprofits, communities and families.”
The Beyond Strong campaign has been supported by the Meredith College Campaign Planning Committee, led by honorary co-chairs Judy Woodruff, ’68, and O. Temple Sloan, Jr.
“This is an exciting and critical time for Meredith,” said Sloan. “We are off to a great start in our campaign to take Meredith to the next level.”
Strong fundraising results are one of several successes of Meredith’s strategic plan. Meredith’s endowment has grown to more than $93 million, the highest in College history.
With 471 students, the Class of 2018 is Meredith’s second-largest incoming freshman class. The Class of 2018 is the first to experience StrongPoints™, an innovative advising and personal coaching model set to be a defining element of the Meredith educational experience. Through this comprehensive initiative, students identify their strengths, and examine over the course of their four years at Meredith how those strengths can help them shape their academic options, experiential involvement outside the classroom, financial goals, and career options.
Meredith’s fundraising and enrollment successes have been supported by the 2013 launch of Meredith College | Going Strong, a new branding and advertising campaign that is part of the College’s strategic plan goal to enhance visibility.