Making history

Go Beyond tops $100 million

Supporters of Wheaton College have contributed more than $100 million to the college’s Go Beyond campaign, the greatest amount ever donated to a Wheaton fundraising effort.

-This “philanthropic first” coincides with a historic moment for the college: in 2012, Wheaton will mark the 100th anniversary of its becoming a four-year college.

“What an auspicious way to begin a new century,” said Wheaton President Ronald A. Crutcher. “We’re excited about reaching this unprecedented milestone—and so very grateful to the people who brought us here. In the current economic environment, this level of support is humbling, and it gives us great hope for the future.”

With the comprehensive campaign slated to continue through FY2014, the $100 million tally already represents 11 percent more than the college community raised during the preceding campaign, which concluded in June 2000 with $90 million.

The generosity of today’s alumnae/i, parents and friends has already translated into new and enriched resources for Wheaton students:

  • The state-of-the-art Mars Center for Science and Technology opened this fall, with 99,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, study spaces, offices and gathering spots to support learning and research.
  • Giving to the Wheaton Fund now tops $4 million in gifts each year, an increase of 33 percent since 1990. This essential source of income contributes to the college’s operating budget, thus supporting every aspect of the student experience.
  • 165 new scholarships have opened Wheaton’s doors wider to talented students from every economic level, background, and geographic region. A robust financial aid budget helps the college recruit some of the ablest students in the U.S.

As Wheaton progresses toward its campaign goal of $120 million, the college has introduced an additional fundraising priority: student-faculty research. Wheaton professors view collaborative partnerships with students as a unique and powerful form of teaching, while students testify to the practical learning they gain that often gives them an edge in their first professional job or in graduate school. The college seeks to increase endowed funds to support these activities.