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The Parkland Memorial Hospital Campaign

A CHALLENGING ASSIGNMENT by Penny Scarpucci, Senior Consultant & Principal This August, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas opened its magnificent new $1.32 billion facility. Financing for the new building – the largest hospital construction project in the country – was complicated and included a bond issue, as well as cash reserves and investment income….

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Washburn University: Transforming Dreams into Life Stories

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…

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Boston College: Shining Light on the Spirit of Generosity

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 2013, the University celebrated…

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The St. Norbert College Story:
A Faithful Community That Is Inspiring Donors & Making History

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. “There…

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Creating a New Tradition of Annual Giving at University of Rochester: The George Eastman Circle

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 20thcentury.  Commencement and other campus events take place around the statue, and it’s also a…

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Eastern Michigan Surpasses Campaign Goal Early

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. In 2005, working under the guidance of an interim director,…

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Canterbury School in Greensboro: “They’re all about the kids”

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…

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Gold Rush: How the Oakland Museum of California Transformed Itself Through Public-Private Philanthropy

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…

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A Strong Mission Is “Magnetic,” Dowling Catholic High Discovers

February, 2010 Getting things right can take time, though the extra effort involved is almost always worth the wait. When Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, decided that a $28 million capital campaign was needed, its leaders spent a full two years on what Dr. Jerry Deegan, the school’s president, calls a…

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Sierra Club Partners for Climate Recovery

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…

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‘Hokie Family’ Fuels Virginia Tech’s Campaign

July 10, 2009 Drive almost anywhere in America’s mid-Atlantic region, and you will see so many displays of the distinctive orange-and-maroon colors of Virginia Tech, so many stylized logos and defiant Hokie emblems that the thought inevitably arises: There can’t be that many Tech alumni, that many parents of Tech alumni. There can’t be even…

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Volunteers “Proudly” Lead Way in University of Cincinnati Campaign

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…

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Solid Fundraising Strategy and Genuinely Happy Students Spur Campaign Success

November 3, 2009 Dude you got into Flintridge Prep? Yeah. That’s awesome man. So reads the Urban Dictionary entry for the 500-student, 7–12 coed day school in La Canada, CA, and a cooler recommendation could hardly be imagined. “The students who attend this school are all extremely well-rounded,” the online source of all things hip…

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Wilmington Friends School Receives “Stunning” Gift

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.” He learned that the school…

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At Culver, Strong Tradition Results in Generous Alumni

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…

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Backyard Conversation Leads to National World War II Museum

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…

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Honor Our Past, Build Our Future

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…

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida: “Gutsy” $38.5 Million Campaign Finds Success in Down Economy

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.” The Conservancy’s entrance is located in a quiet residential area in Naples not visible from the main roadway. But changes are on the way thanks to…

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