Lake Erie College on pace for record year in fundraising
(Painesville, Ohio) – Lake Erie College has not only been experiencing a growth spurt in enrollment, but in advancement as well. Since July 1, the College has received approximately $4 million in gifts and pledges.
“There has been a groundswell of support for Michael T. Victor who began his term as the 11th president of Lake Erie College this summer,” said Scott Evans, vice president for institutional advancement. “Under his leadership, the College has created five new majors, started a football program, launched a marketing campaign to boost enrollment and completed several renovation projects on the campus in a very short period of time.”
Conducting approximately 100 face-to-face meetings, lunches and dinners with alumni, donors, politicians, business and community leaders, Victor is working diligently to build new relationships and reconnect with long-time friends of the College. “Donors are excited about the new direction and programs initiated by the president, the faculty and staff,” said Evans.
Gifts and pledges include a $1.3 million from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a center for entrepreneurship, a $300,000 challenge grant from alumna Carol Morris, ’67, a $100,000 gift for an endowed scholarship fund established by alumna Debra Goodrich Royce, ’80, and several other major gifts.
A new fundraising plan is being developed and will include strategies to secure major gifts for institutional priorities over the next several years. Evans stated there are nearly a dozen volunteer committees that are involved in the work of the College. Many of these committees will be redirecting their efforts to assist with the vision of President Victor and the board of directors. “We are fortunate to have a solid base of volunteers who have a great track record of successfully completing projects and moving on to the next one,” said Evans.
“There is a buzz out there due to the personal and group meetings and the regional and national press the College has received in recent weeks. Last week, Lake Erie College was mentioned in both local and national television news programs and print articles. This is all positive for our fundraising efforts,” said Evans.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.