Blackburn has record fundraising year

Blackburn has record fundraising year

Blackburn College achieved a record year for philanthropy and engagement in the year ending June 30. The college raised approximately $7.6 million in gifts and pledges, making it the largest single fundraising year in the college’s 179-year history. The previous record year brought in $4.8 million in 2013.

“These generous gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the college send an important message — they believe in what we have done and what we plan to do,” said President John Comerford. “The gifts truly demonstrate their heartfelt interest in Blackburn’s future.”

Part of the successful fundraising year can be attributed to the ongoing “Creating Opportunity!” capital campaign, now in its final year. The campaign is closing in on a $25 million goal and represents a new high mark as the largest capital campaign attempted in the college’s history.

Several large gifts helped advance the capital campaign and set the new annual fundraising record. The Pirrko and Larry Graves estate, representing two long-time supporters of Blackburn, provided a gift of more than $4.6 million, and 12 other gifts of more than $100,000 each helped boost the total.

“The extraordinary generosity and loyalty of so many individuals made our record year possible,” said Sheryl Ray, vice president for institutional advancement. “Donors provided gifts that will strengthen scholarships, renovate buildings, assist our faculty and, most importantly, enhance the educational experience Blackburn College offers our students.”