McDaniel campaign exceeds goal

February 15, 2010

McDaniel College’s Carpe Diem “Seize the Day” campaign has exceeded a six-year comprehensive $65 million fundraising goal to fund priorities in the areas of student financial aid and residential life, faculty support and development, and campus facilities.

President Joan Develin Coley announced the record-setting final sum of $77,501,101 at a campus gathering on Feb. 26.

Inspired by the College’s strategic plan, campus master plan and endowment study, the success of the Carpe Diem campaign both reaffirms and advances the College’s mission to provide a relevant, distinctive and vibrant educational experience for its students. As stated in the College’s “First Principles,” McDaniel students learn to think and act critically, creatively, and humanely and develop their unique potentials to take their places in the global community, understanding their responsibilities to aid individuals and contribute to the larger society.

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More than 10,000 alumni, parents and friends joined the faculty, staff and students to make gifts and pledges prior to the campaign’s scheduled end-date of Dec. 31, 2009. The College’s previous campaign high was $41 million, which ended a decade ago in 1999. Faculty and staff led the way in 2007 during the Carpe Diem campaign when 68 percent made gifts and pledges totaling nearly $830,000.

“This demonstration of generosity was exceptional,” said 1948 alumnus Lee Rice, trustee emeritus and chair of the Carpe Diem Campaign. “These dedicated members of the campus community certainly set the pace for trustees, alumni and friends to follow."

“This has been an extraordinary year, one filled with challenge. Yet, on our most difficult of days, I never doubted for a moment that this community would rise to the occasion and do what we do best: make a difference in the lives of our students,” said President Joan Develin Coley.

“Our campus, our curriculum – our college has been renewed through this campaign. With the possible exception of the name change, nothing in my decade as president has been more transformative and more collaborative. For me, it was a capstone experience.

“I am incredibly grateful for the exceptional volunteer leadership by College trustees and thankful for all the donors who demonstrate their loyalty to this College by example and through their philanthropic support.”

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