Campaign Gains Momentum as Grant Deadline Nears

Support for Momentum: The Campaign for Mary Hardin-Baylor is steadily growing, and results are already being seen on the UMHB campus.  To date, the comprehensive fundraising campaign has raised $38,039,243 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $60 million for scholarships, programs, endowment, and Campus Master Plan projects.

Particularly crucial this fall are gifts for the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center.  The university has been offered two challenge grants which would bring in millions of dollars for the project.  To meet the terms of the challenge grants, UMHB must bring in enough gifts to fully fund the $20 million nursing center by the end of 2012.  As of September 17, $19,176,095 had been raised for the facility, leaving the university three months to secure the remaining $823,095 for the nursing project.

“The challenge grants have provided our donors with a special opportunity to multiply the impact of their gifts for a much-needed facility, and it has been gratifying to see many of our alumni and friends step forward to meet the challenge,” said Brent Davison, vice president for development.  “We have seen a swell of interest in the campaign in the last few months; we feel like we are indeed building momentum day by day!”

 One of the campaign projects has already taken shape on the corner of 9th Avenue and Shine Street: the new Baugh Center for the Visual Arts opened in August for the start of fall classes.  The 27,000-square-foot building offers spacious studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture classes as well as a beautiful new gallery for shows by students, faculty, and visiting artists.  The official dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the facility will be held on October 19 as a part of UMHB’s Homecoming Weekend.

The Momentum campaign is the largest in the university’s 167-year history.  In addition to providing support for scholarships, programs, and growing the endowment, the campaign is generating funds for construction of a center for the visual arts, a nursing education center, a new student union building, a football stadium, and a performing arts center.  Each of the new facilities was chosen for its potential to enhance UMHB’s effectiveness as a leading center for Christian higher education.

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