November 15, 2016

Bloomsburg University Exceeds $50 Million Campaign Goal Ahead of Schedule

Bloomsburg University officials have announced that, as of Nov. 4, the It’s Personal campaign, the largest ever capital campaign in BU's history, has raised $60,013,208 in donations and pledges, surpassing the original goal of $50M. The university will continue to seek campaign contributions through June 2017.

"We gained strong momentum early on in the It’s Personal campaign and the public launch last year galvanized our university community. Reaching the goal early is a testament to how passionate our alumni and friends are about our university and its mission," said Bloomsburg University President David Soltz. "But our work is not yet over. As we head into the final months of the campaign, we need to continue our efforts to secure even greater support toward each of the campaign's priority areas.”

The It’s Personal campaign began in 2010 and the official public launch was held on October 16, 2015. At that time, the priorities of the campaign were shared with the university’s stakeholders. Those priorities include the funding of academic and athletic scholarships, professional experience opportunities for students, and faculty support and development.

Though originally scheduled to conclude in December 2017, the campaign end date was moved to June 30, 2017. The change was made due to the announcement of President Soltz’s retirement, which will occur immediately following the 2016-2017 academic year. The It’s Personal Campaign Cabinet decided to align the completion of the campaign with the end of Soltz’s tenure at Bloomsburg University.

To date, the campaign has garnered 17,752 donors, including: 161 leadership gifts (gifts of $25,000 or more), and 16 gifts of $1 million or more. Donors have also helped to grow Bloomsburg University Foundation’s Endowment more than $22 million over the course of the campaign, raising it from a mark of $11,969,000 in 2010 to its current total of $34,112,000.

Despite the campaign’s success, It’s Personal Campaign Chair Duane Greenly reiterated the importance of continuing the campaign after meeting their goal sooner than expected.

“We need to continue to focus on the strategic areas of scholarships, faculty support and professional development which are the pillars of this campaign,” Greenly said. “These are the areas that allow us to offer the type of personal education we strive to provide at Bloomsburg University. Additional support beyond the campaign’s goal in these strategic areas will allow us to better serve both our students and our faculty.”

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