Thanks to the generosity of Meredith donors, the College’s current fundraising campaign has raised more than $41 million to date, surpassing in just two years the final tally of the College’s last seven-year campaign.
Meredith College is in the early phase of its Beyond Strong fundraising campaign, which is already its largest campaign in history.
According to President Jo Allen, it is important for alumnae and friends to continue supporting Meredith, especially in a time when many private colleges are struggling.
“Our ‘Going Strong’ brand is more than a catchy slogan. It is a reality based on extensive research and reflects the strength of our educational programs, enrollment, financial position, and reputation in the community and among top employers and graduate programs,” said Allen. “Much of that support comes from alumnae, and I could not be more grateful or proud that Meredith’s alumnae and the larger community have taken such extensive measures to preserve this beloved institution.”
A recent $3 million gift by alumna Katherine Furches Rumley, ’43, helped push Meredith over this fundraising milestone. Rumley’s gift will enhance the Ellen Amanda Rumley Memorial Scholarship, in memory of her daughter, a member of Meredith’s Class of 1977. This is one of the largest individual gifts in Meredith College’s history.
“Alumnae, families, and community partners see so much to admire and value in what Meredith College has done for individuals, businesses, non-profits, families, and communities,” said Allen. “Their investment in the future means the College can continue its mission to help strong women (and men in our graduate programs) become even stronger.”
Meredith also set a fundraising record in the 2013-14 fiscal year, during which donors gave more than $18 million. Meredith’s previous fundraising record for a single year was $7.2 million.
The Beyond Strong campaign is building momentum toward Meredith’s 125th anniversary in 2016. The campaign has been supported by the Meredith College Campaign Planning Committee, led by honorary co-chairs Judy Woodruff, ’68, and O. Temple Sloan, Jr.
The campaign supports six priorities 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. Learn more about each priority and how you can contribute by visiting meredith.edu/beyondstrong.