Butler University says it has exceeded its $250 million fundraising goal for the Butler Beyond campaign, the largest campaign in the school’s history. The university says the campaign was supported by donations during its Day of Giving event, as well as several million-dollar commitments from individuals and families.
In total, Butler says nearly 35,000 donors participated in the campaign, which was launched in 2019. Funds from the campaign will be used to support projects including new and enhanced campus infrastructure, an expanded scholarship endowment, and access to experiential learning opportunities and degree pathways.
“When we announced our ambitious $250 million fundraising goal in October 2019, we called upon all Bulldogs to join us in moving Butler Beyond,” said President James Danko. “More than two years later, and despite the enormous challenges of a global pandemic, the Butler University community has responded with astounding generosity. On behalf of Butler students, faculty, and staff, I am profoundly grateful for the investments made during this campaign, which have provided a strong foundation for the future and will touch the lives of Butler students for generations to come.”
Butler says its Day of Giving event raised more than $588,000 from nearly 2,000 donors.
The university says significant donations include a $5 million estate commitment from Dennis Dickos for student scholarships and the Sciences Expansion and Renovation Project, $4 million from Jay and Christie Love for campus capital improvements, $1 million from Craig Fenneman to establish the Fenneman Family College of Education Scholarship, and a $1 million estate commitment from Rollie and Cheri Dick in support of the Sciences project.
The university is planning to hold a public celebration event at Hinkle Fieldhouse on April 23 to celebrate the achievement.