DePauw Campaign Attracts 'Inspiring' Commitment

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DePauw was founded in 1837. DePauw was founded in 1837.

The vice president for development and alumni engagement at DePauw University says contributions to the school's largest-ever fundraising campaign have been "inspiring." Melanie Norton says The Campaign for DePauw will continue despite reaching its $300 million goal nearly two years ahead of schedule because a number of institutional priorities still need funding.

Norton tells Inside INdiana Business the school's last campaign ended in 2000, which played a role in the success of the current effort. DePauw launched the public portion of the campaign in late-2014 after a silent phase took in more than $200 million.

"There was a long time without a campaign, too, which I think probably allowed us to get some pretty large gifts, particularly during the silent phase of the campaign," she said. "The affinity that the alumni have for this institution is frankly inspiring and I think that's really been a big part of why we've been able to do what we've been able to do to date."

Formal efforts for the campaign over the next 23 months will be decided soon, according to President Mark McCoy. He calls support for the fundraising "apparent, intense and transformative."

Norton says the school's last campaign ended in 200, which played a role in the success of the current effort.
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