June 14, 2017
The last few months have been very exciting for Ursinus College and the Keep the Promise comprehensive campaign. In April, the college marked a significant milestone, receiving more than $5 million in new gifts and commitments. This substantial push forward enabled us to pass the $62 million mark of our $100 million goal.
Many gifts—both big and small—have made this possible, and we are already beginning to feel the impact of this generosity. Some of our largest philanthropic commitments to date are not only notable because of their size, but also because they represent the variety of giving we can anticipate from this campaign.
In February, Will Abele ’61, a member of the Board of Trustees, provided a gift-in-kind of science equipment for use by students and faculty. He also committed to a Science Equipment Challenge that will match giving earmarked specifically for new resources and technology for use within the Innovation and Discovery Center, up to a total of $500,000. Just one month later, Ursinus received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the implementation of the college’s new core curriculum over the next three years. In April, alumnus George Dupont ’70 signed a seven-figure estate intention that will support student scholarships. And finally, that same month, the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation committed $1.25 million for a permanent endowment and current-use funding for the Berman Museum of Art. This contribution will back the mission and vision of the Museum for many years to come (read more about this gift on page 40).
It is thrilling to see so many benefactors—representing different backgrounds and motivations—step up for a shared purpose: to strengthen the future of Ursinus. It is the passion and involvement of many that makes the college the very special place that it is. Whether giving of their time, treasure, encouragement or advocacy, supporters from all backgrounds play a vital role in creating the “Ursinus Experience” as we define it.
In its coming issues, the magazine will begin to include a special pull-out newsletter with progress updates and stories about the impact of Keep the Promise. It will also highlight the many members of the Ursinus community associated with the campaign. We hope you will enjoy learning more about this important moment in the college’s history.
Please join with us. Let’s show our collective Bear pride as one Ursinus family! Thank you again for your loyalty and benevolence.
William H. Barnaby ’64
Margaret “Peg” Williams ’80
Keep the Promise Campaign Co-Chairs