Creighton University has titled the campaign "Forward Blue," the largest fundraising campaign in the Jesuit university's history.
The administration says the $650 million campaign prioritizes student support, focusing on scholarships, campus improvements, and mission-driven services and programs throughout Creighton’s nine schools and colleges, as well as intercollegiate athletics.
It’s a year and a campaign that will be remembered as one of the most consequential in Creighton’s history, said University President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, in a news release.
“We announce "Forward Blue" at a time when Creighton’s momentum is unmistakable,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “In the evolving environment of higher education, we are extending our reach, growing our national reputation and expanding our innovative global programs. We are making bold, yet thoughtful, investments that will benefit our students and the communities we serve for years to come.”
The school says fundraising efforts began in October 2016, culminating with a record-breaking $143 million in donor contributions in fiscal year 2021.
Creighton says $450 million were raised during the campaign’s “quiet phase,” securing approximately 70% of the overall goal.
They say more than 37,000 alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff have made a gift.
So far, donors have contributed $123.5 million to support scholarships, the campaign’s No. 1 priority.
Creighton aims to raise at least $90 million more in this area during the “public phase” of the campaign, which will likely conclude in 2024.
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