Alumni set school record in giving

Monday, July 29, 2013

Culver-Stockton saw unprecedented giving by college alumni in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. A record-breaking total of $1.139 million in donations was received by the College from alumni alone. This is an 11 percent increase in alumni giving over the previous fiscal year. Further, when combining the donations from alumni with those of friends of the College, the number of donors increased 8 percent, totaling nearly 2,600 contributors, and for a second consecutive year exceeding $3 million in overall gifts (a great feat considering the College does not accept federal or state government funding).

The increase in alumni and friend support is credited to excitement surrounding the College’s comprehensive campaign, “A Vision for Our Future.” The 2012-2013 fiscal year was the second year of the three year campaign. The 2012-2013 campaign year generated gifts for scholarships and gifts leading to major enhancements to the campus and the student experience. Improvements around campus funded by the 2012-2013 fiscal year donations include the extensive renovation of a residence hall into one of the area’s premier Condo-style living facilities, the construction of the new softball field on campus and a future new entrance to campus.

“Every improvement is being made with the student experience in mind,” explained Richard Valentine, president of the College. “Our alumni are grateful for the experiences they received at Culver-Stockton and many of them truly enjoy being able to support and enhance the current student experience.”

Excitement around campus was also increased by a new project completion challenge. Culver-Stockton was issued a challenge completion grant by the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The guidelines of the challenge state that if Culver-Stockton can raise an additional $1.2 million for a new Recreation and Wellness Center by April 9, 2014, the Mabee Foundation will donate $700,000 to complete the project.

“Donors are seeing firsthand the impact their gifts are having, and there is a lot of excitement about what’s to come through the Mabee Foundation project completion challenge. People want to invest in people and the enhancement of their experiences, knowing that their support will have a noticeable impact on a new generation. It will be great to see our students, alumni and friends enjoying the new look and feel to our campus starting this fall,” said Eric Barkley, vice president for advancement and alumni programs.