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BGSU celebrates history-making Changing Lives for the World fundraising campaign

BOWLING GREEN, March 4, 2021: Bowling Green State University successfully concluded the largest comprehensive fundraising endeavor in its history raising more than a quarter of a billion dollars in philanthropic support during the Changing Lives for the World Campaign.

The University announced the $255 million campaign total during a livestream event Thursday morning. “This momentous fundraising effort achieved new and historic levels of success for BGSU, surpassing the $200 million goal set in July 2014,” said a BGSU Board of Trustee.

The achievements of the Changing Lives for the World Campaign are especially poignant against the landscape of a global pandemic during the last year of the campaign.

“Our donors enthusiastically responded with their support throughout the campaign,” said BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers. “Despite the numerous challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic, BGSU finished the final year of the campaign at an all-time record, receiving more outright gifts and commitments in 2020 than at any other time in our history.

Impact for the future

The campaign has impacted every area of the University with donor commitments benefiting four campaign priorities: scholarships, fellowships and student support; colleges, units and programs; campus master plan and facilities; and professorships, chairs and faculty support. Of the $255 million total, $101.7 million was raised for scholarships and student aid.

“The results and momentum of the campaign will allow us to redefine student success, pursue new academic programs, research and creative activities, build new partnerships, and create meaningful engagement that demonstrates the value of a BGSU education and empower our students to lead meaningful and productive lives,” Rogers said.

The campaign secured a combination of non-endowed funds for current use, endowed funds for use in perpetuity and planned gift commitments to benefit BGSU in the future.

“A comprehensive fundraising campaign is the engine to raise philanthropic funds that advance an institution’s mission,” said Pamela Conlin, vice president for University Advancement and president and CEO of the BGSU Foundation, Inc. “This campaign is historic in receiving expansive and generous support for scholarships and initiatives impacting all areas of the University, demonstrating a broader commitment to a culture of philanthropy.”

More than 38,000 donors made a combined total of 160,722 gifts to advance the University during the campaign, demonstrating their commitment to BGSU’s students and academic future. The number of gifts received during the Changing Lives Campaign was more than double the number in the University’s first comprehensive campaign, Building Dreams, which concluded in December 2008 having secured $146.5 million in commitments.

More than $166 million of the campaign total came from BGSU alumni; $44.7 million from friends, faculty and staff of the University; $36.7 million from corporations and foundations; and $7.6 million from other organizations.

Members of the Changing Lives for the World Campaign Committee include: Co-Chairs James L. Bailey ’67, ’18 (Hon.) and Laurence N. Benz ’84; Honorary Co-Chairs Shantanu Narayen ’86, ’11 (Hon.), Reni Narayen ’86, J. Robert Sebo ’58, ’13 (Hon.) and Linda S. Sebo; and members Linda D. Forte ’74, John F. Harbal ’72, Paul M. Hooker ’75, Michael J. Marsh ’76, Lee A. Meserve, Margaret M. Meserve ’94, Bruce K. Misamore ’72, ’73, Amy T. Shore ’86, Linda A. Watters ’75, Michael R. Wilcox ’75 and R. Max Williamson ’60.

“The Changing Lives for the World Campaign positions BGSU for its next chapter,” said Rogers, “one that will generate opportunities to create public good and move the University forward.”




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