Dordt College “Incredibly Blessed” by Vision 2020 Fund-Raising Campaign

Date posted - January 17, 2012

Launching an ambitious fund-raising campaign just a couple of years before a serious global economic downturn might sound like a recipe for disaster, but for supporters of Dordt College, it was an opportunity to demonstrate their solid commitment.

But the goal was set at Dordt’s Jubilee: Raise one million dollars for each year Dordt College has been in existence, and set the stage for Dordt’s continuing mission for years to come.

John Baas, vice president for advancement at Dordt College says that some people looked at Dordt’s history and thought it was a stretch. But he says he thought the goal was achievable. And he says the response was greater than he could have even hoped.

In the end, 14,000 supporters contributed, and the final total surprised even true believers: After a seven-year fund-raising campaign spanning some of the most economically challenging years in recent memory, Dordt College exceeded its goal by millions. The total? $57,334,277.76.

Money from the campaign has been put to immediate use at the college, and its effects are evident in many areas: New programs have been launched, student scholarships have been increased exponentially, faculty research and scholarship has been supported, and campus development efforts have become evident in new structures such as the Douglas and Henrietta Miedema Classroom building and the clocktower. Students are benefiting greatly from almost $12 million for scholarships.

Some of the funds raised in the campaign will support a three-phase plan to expand and update the Science and Technology Center which is the colleges next big fund-raising priority. With regular enrollment growth in the sciences, new and updated facilities will provide the space and the technology students need.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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