About the Campaign

Why is Whitworth in a campaign?

The university’s strategic plan, Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads, has set a bold vision for the university’s future, and the campaign is tied to the university’s strategic plan. Philanthropy is critical in securing support for the faculty, students, facilities, programming and initiatives that are key to Whitworth’s success. To achieve our goals, we need the passion and enthusiasm of our alumni and friends.

How does a campaign differ from day-to-day fundraising?

Annual fundraising goals are typically determined by the university, and they often focus on immediate needs. Campaigns – much like strategic plans – provide an opportunity to think bigger and longer term. Funding margin-of-excellence opportunities and new facilities is often a multi-year process.

What is a comprehensive campaign?

A comprehensive campaign is an extended fundraising effort that counts all dollars from all private sources during its timeframe, but that ultimately features several key objectives critical to advancing the university. A comprehensive campaign broadly mobilizes all areas of the university to focus on the overall advancement of the institution.

What is the timeline of the campaign?

Most comprehensive university campaigns are extensive, multi-year efforts. The first several years of a campaign are most-often spent in a planning phase, which determines the priority projects and the feasibility of funding these initiatives. We began this phase of the campaign in 2010, on President Beck A. Taylor’s first day in office. Whitworth launched its campaign publicly in October 2014, during the university’s 125th anniversary celebration, with more than $50 million already committed. The campaign will conclude in conjunction with the end of the strategic plan in 2021.

What is the funding goal for the campaign?

The Whitworth Board of Trustees approved an initial campaign goal of $100 million. Now that thousands of generous donors have provided gifts of all sizes to help us meet this milestone (making this campaign the largest in Whitworth’s history), the university will continue identifying additional initiatives that will help us fulfill strategic objectives. It is our hope that these important needs will inspire the support of additional Whitworth constituents.

What have donors already supported?

Since The Campaign for Whitworth’s inception, donors have funded the following strategic initiatives:

  • 5 new endowed professorships and chairs
  • Endowment supporting the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement
  • 98 endowed scholarships (including 44 in the past two years)
  • 63,000square-foot Robinson Science Hall
  • 21,000-square-foot addition to and renovation of Cowles Music Center
  • The Beeksma Family Theology Center (addition to and remodel of Seeley G. Mudd Chapel)
  • Faculty scholarship and research endowments
  • Merkel Baseball Field renovation
  • New Pine Bowl FieldTurf

So…$100 million is a lot. Where is it all, really?

As of October 2017, gifts to The Campaign for Whitworth have been given in almost equal quarters to the following four areas:

  • Annual support over the life of the campaign, supporting scholarships, athletics programs and other projects each year
  • Investments in new or enhanced facilities
  • Endowed funds, which support faculty chairs and professorships, student scholarships, science research and other endowments
  • Bequests and other planned gifts. We are particularly thankful for these promised gifts because they allow us to plan ahead as well as offer stewardship opportunities for this future support.

What goals still need to be reached?

Moving forward, Whitworth’s highest campaign priority is making the university more affordable for all students who want to attend. To reach this important goal, we invite donors to support additional endowed scholarships as well as annual scholarships.

Whitworth’s most significant facilities need is the Athletics Leadership Center, which will provide a home for all of our coaching staffs as well as a much-needed football locker room and a shared team room.

Finally, additional projects will be identified as donors select areas of the strategic plan that fit their personal philanthropic priorities.