GROVE CITY – An anonymous $7 million contribution to Grove City College helped meet and surpass the goal of GCC’s largest and most successful capital campaign.
Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College raised a record $95 million, the college reported Friday. With a goal of generating $90 million to fund scholarships, construct new buildings and more, Grove City Matters was the largest fundraising campaign in college history.
Notable gifts to the campaign included:
• $4.5 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for STEM Hall, a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and mathematics building
• $3 million for the Christian activities building from Jayne and David R. Rathburn, chairman of the college trustees
• $1 million from Richard G. Staley for STEM Hall and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
• $7 million from the anonymous donor.
“The anonymous donor is a friend of the college who clearly values what we do here. They want to make sure that the focus remains on the campaign and what it means for students and the institution,” said Jeff Prokovich, vice president for institutional advancement. “We are enormously grateful to everyone who gave to Grove City Matters and gratified that the College is where they decided to dedicate their charitable gifts.”
“Success just would not have been possible without the profound generosity of more than 16,500 individuals and organizations who believe in the campaign theme that what we do here at Grove City College matters,” said college President Paul J. McNulty. “Their gifts promise to position us well to advance our historic mission and have a lasting, profound and transformative impact on our students, our community and the world for many years to come.”
In addition to STEM Hall, the campaign enabled completion of Rathburn Hall, the Christian activities building; raised more than $37 million to establish 130 new scholarships; and generated more than $4.5 million for the Center for Vision and Values, a think tank committed to advancing faith and freedom, and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a groundbreaking effort that focuses on student startups.
First lady Laura Bush helped kick off the campaign in May 2011.