Now is the time

While interviewing for the presidency of Davis & Elkins College, I first heard about “Secure the Future.” This is the very aptly named capital campaign that began in 2008 and will draw to a close on June 30 of this year. While not the original goal of the campaign, $100 million is now the goal and it is within reach.

For anyone who is intimately or remotely connected to the D&E community, this should be a source of pride and excitement!

Having spent many years in higher education advancement raising funds for colleges, I was energized and overjoyed to assume the presidency of an institution that had committed itself to such a transformational fundraising goal. After decades of significant financial struggles, “Secure the Future” promises to live up to its name and make a significant impact upon this College.

Known as a comprehensive capital campaign, this simply means that all gifts given to the College between 2008 and 2018 are counted. Some of the funds have already been expended, such as unrestricted annual gifts which assist with operational expenses and student financial aid. Others have given funds for capital projects on campus which have already been completed or will be soon. Many others are providing endowment gifts, which are permanently restricted and only the earnings are utilized year after year in perpetuity. Many of these gifts are estate gifts which will only come to the College upon the death of the donor, thus even after the campaign ends the fruits of the effort will continue for many years.

D&E was very fortunate to be the recipient of a $25 million matching gift from Mr. Jim McDonnell, a trustee and parent of a D&E graduate.

As the final $25 million of the money raised by the College causes the campaign total to reach $75 million, Mr. McDonnell’s match will bring the grand total to $100 million.

The campaign concludes officially on June 30 of this year, and that promises to be a day of celebration for D&E.

Everyone associated with the College and the Elkins community is invited to campus to help us celebrate!

The way for us to finish this campaign, and finish strong, is for all who love D&E to do their part to put us over the top by June 30. Every dollar counts! The way to get to $100 million is $1 at a time. No gift is too big nor too small. All are simply asked to give at the level at which they are able. My message to alumni and friends of the College is simple and straightforward … NOW IS THE TIME! Your gifts to D&E through June 30 will be matched dollar for dollar. This is the time to step up and tangibly express pride and support for this College that has made such a difference in the lives of alumni and the Elkins community.

Whether you are a regular donor or this will be your first gift, please support this effort as we “Secure the Future.”


The journey continues….


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