Campaign Reaches Milestone

campaign-chartMore than 22,000 alumni, parents, and friends have supported the Live Connected, Lead Change campaign, propelling Lafayette’s most ambitious fundraising effort ever to a notable milestone, two-thirds of the way toward its $400 million goal.

Gifts, pledges, and bequests totaled $268 million as of Sept. 30, including more than $32 million received since the campaign’s public launch in New York last November (see “College Announces Historic Campaign,” Fall 2014).

Reflecting Lafayette’s distinctive strengths, the campaign has three main areas of emphasis, or pillars: Connecting Liberal Arts and Engineering, Fostering Innovation in Teaching and Learning,
and Connecting the Campus Community.

Within the pillars are 10 initiatives, with associated goals ranging from $10 million to $70 million, to build on the College’s strengths, solidify its standing among the nation’s most outstanding undergraduate institutions, and position it for future success. The campaign’s progress and impact are notable in many areas.

  • The campaign has added more than $39 million to the College’s resources for financial aid. More than 70 named scholarships have been established in the permanent endowment or through restricted annual gifts.
  • More than $21 million has been raised for adding faculty positions. Gifts to the campaign have endowed 10 new professorships and other key positions, in addition to a faculty fellowship program.
  • More than $75 million has been raised for facilities.
  • More than $55 million has been contributed to the Annual Fund, an essential source of flexible funding that enables the College to allocate resources strategically.
  • The Fleck Consistent Giving Society has grown to more than 6,700 members, an increase of more than 75 percent since it was established in 2005.
  • There have been 55 gifts of $1 million or more, 11 of which exceed $5 million.
  • With 119 members, the Société d’Honneur, which recognizes exceptional lifetime generosity, has grown by nearly 25 percent.

These are just some highlights of the campaign’s progress and impact. For much more news and information and to learn about supporting Live Connected, Lead Change, visit