Grove City Matters campaign nears goal – Tops $80 million

1/15/2015

Grove City College has surpassed the $80 million mark toward the $90 million goal of Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College, the largest fundraising effort undertaken in the College’s 139-year history.

“We continue to be grateful for the extraordinary loyalty and philanthropic support of so many thousands of alumni and friends who have helped to affirm Grove City College’s place as one of America’s preeminent liberal arts, science, and engineering colleges,” President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said.

The College has received gifts and pledges from alumni, friends and foundations for a total of $81.6 million. As a result, Grove City Matters now stands at more than 90 percent of its goal, with the balance to be raised by the conclusion of the campaign this year.  Commitments to the campaign have been buoyed by the additional generosity provided by members of the College’s Ketler Society and Faith & Freedom Society.

“The momentum stemming from our success to-date has continued to attract support for the College,” said Jeffrey D. Prokovich ’89, vice president for advancement. “While the campaign is ongoing, this is a milestone worthy of profound appreciation and celebration. Today our $90 million goal is very close to becoming a reality thanks to the generosity of a very large network of strong supporters.”

Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College kicked off in May 2011 with six key objectives:

     • $35 million to build STEM Hall (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which opened August 2013.
     • $30 million in scholarships to keep education affordable for students.
     • $10 million in unrestricted funds to meet most pressing demands and sustain financial flexibility.
     • $5 million to build Rathburn Hall, a center for Christian activities on campus that opened in 2012.
     • $5 million for The Center for Vision & Values, a leading voice advancing U.S. faith and freedom issues.
     • $5 million to support the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, fostering enterprise and achievement.

McNulty, who became the ninth president of Grove City College in August 2014, will oversee the final stage of the campaign and the completion of its objectives. “I am personally blessed to have the opportunity to build upon the foundation of faith, stewardship and academic excellence that past president, Richard G. Jewell ’67 so carefully nurtured during his tenure,” McNulty said. “I take seriously my role as fiduciary of the generous gifts entrusted to us by our benefactors. As we remain loyal to our principled past, we look to the future with great optimism.”

The College’s previous campaign, Change and Commitment ended in 2006 with just over $68 million. 

As the Grove City Matters campaign culminates this year, plans are underway to recognize individuals, corporations and foundations that have played an essential role in ensuring that Grove City College remains a place where faith, freedom and remarkable student and graduate outcomes matter. For more about Grove City Matters, visit www.grovecitymatters.com.
As we remain loyal to our principled past, we look to the future with great optimism.