Blackburn sets campaign record
CARLINVILLE (Oct. 12, 2017) – Blackburn College recently shattered its goal of raising $25 million in the Creating Opportunity capital campaign by raising $26,343,835 and setting a school record.
The most successful campaign in the school’s 180-year history collected donations and pledges from alumni, staff, faculty and friends of Blackburn. Alone, Blackburn alumni pledged significant gifts through estate plans totaling more than $7.5 million. The funds will allow the college to establish 16 new endowed scholarships and will fund renovations of Lumpkin Learning Commons, Jaenke Alumni Center and a new fitness facility.
“I learned that there are hundreds of amazing stories, successful graduates in every corner of the country, and the ongoing theme of Blackburn being the place that made college a reality for them because it was affordable,” said Blackburn College Trustee Jen Shelby, who co-chaired the campaign along with Trustee David Olsen.
During the campaign celebration, which took place during Homecoming weekend, Carlinville Mayor Deanna Demuzio presented Blackburn President John Comerford with a key to the city in honor of the campaign’s success and in recognition of the continuous effort to keep Blackburn a dedicated community partner and a thriving part of Carlinville.
“The campaign created energy,” said Comerford. “Renovations began and momentum built with every additional dollar raised. There was almost a rebirth on campus; what was becoming old was new again and that fueled the increased energy and excitement. The campaign gave us flexibility to consider more projects and to contemplate additional changes. It’s truly an exciting time.”
Blackburn recently announced its Macoupin Promise Program, which waives tuition for students who graduated from a Macoupin County high school and have a household income below $60,000.
Mayor Deanna Demuzio presents Blackburn President John Comerford with the key to the city in recognition of the campaign’s success and in appreciation of the role the college plays in the community.