Fundraising Campaign Exceeds Goal Early, Helping Scholarships
More than $4.2 million was raised in just three years, surpassing an initial five-year goal of $3.5 million
Bucks County Community College has exceeded its fundraising goal for a capital campaign, college officials recently announced, reaching more than $4.2 million in just three years.
The campaign, entitled “Building Strong Communities Together – One Student at a Time,” was launched in spring 2016, according to Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president. The most ambitions fundraising campaign in the college’s history had set a five-year goal of $3.5 million, following a thorough analysis of Bucks County’s philanthropic climate and extensive discussions between the college’s Board of Trustees and its Foundation Board of Directors.
“That goal was exceeded in two short years,” said Shanblatt. ”The Foundation Board then challenged itself, the staff and college community, as well as our loyal alumni, partners and friends by increasing the campaign goal to $4 million, which was reached in less than three years.”
The fundraising milestone was revealed March 15 at the 11th annual community awards breakfast on the Newtown campus. Donations came from 1,848 individuals and organizations, including 64 gifts of more than $10,000 each, according to the Bucks County Community College Foundation. The total raised since 2016 was $4,254,000.
“Thanks to these generous donors, we plan to expand academic and workforce education programs to meet the region's demands and better serve prospective and incumbent workers,” said Shanblatt. “We will also be able to increase scholarship opportunities and expand our dual-enrollment program so students can get a head start on life after high school.”
Bucks County Community College, founded in 1964 as a public, two-year college, provides an affordable start to higher education. The Bucks County Community College Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational trust that provides resources for the college's growth and development. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/foundation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-968-8224.