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Summer 2012
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Campaign Raises Sights to $300 million

The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign for DePaul surpassed its original $250 million goal in February 2012, with two years remaining in the campaign timeline.

Following a recommendation by the capital campaign committee and university leadership, the DePaul University Board of Trustees voted to expand the campaign, increasing the goal to $300 million. The campaign will continue on its original time frame through June 30, 2014.

“The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign has been the most ambitious in our university’s history, and I am very grateful and pleased to say that our alumni and friends have responded with historic vision and generosity,” says the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University. “Our trustees, campaign volunteers, leadership donors, and alumni from all ages and backgrounds recognize the importance of this effort in fulfilling the dreams of students and their families and in strengthening the DePaul mission for future generations.”

“In setting the bar higher, we are confident that the same commitment that resulted in the campaign’s early success–commitment to DePaul’s current and future students–will enable the university to reach this new goal,” says Mary Finger, senior vice president for Advancement.

Scholarship Resources Key to Mission

The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the history of DePaul University. In announcing the campaign’s new $300 million goal, campaign leaders set as a primary focus the achievement of the $100 million goal for scholarships.

To date, DePaul has raised $75 million toward the $100 million goal for student scholarships. Scholarship funds are distributed among students in DePaul’s 10 colleges.

Lisandra Tena (THE ’12) ran away from a troubled home and dropped out of high school, but eventually found her way through a GED program and community college. “Before DePaul, I could only dream of experiencing an education from The Theatre School, since there was no possible way my father could afford it, having eight other children to support,” she says. “Now, I am happy to say I am the first in my family to attend college, but I am even happier to inspire my younger siblings and encourage them to dream big, because anything is possible. Scholarships made my dream into reality.”

The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign bolsters the university’s commitment to the education of first-generation college students, especially those from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Scholarship gifts are gifts of opportunity, helping DePaul to provide high-quality education to students demonstrating intellectual potential and academic achievement. Building these scholarship resources strengthens DePaul’s mission to assure talented students from diverse backgrounds are able to strive and achieve an excellent DePaul education.

Facilities Foster Academic Excellence

The performing arts play a crucial role at the university, fulfilling DePaul’s Vincentian mission to educate both the mind and the heart, awakening within individuals a response that can help them realize their potential as human beings. The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign for the Performing Arts will help ensure that theatre and music remain important components of university life for the next 100 years.

Completing much-needed, state-of-the-art facilities for DePaul’s renowned theatre and music schools is a top focus of the expanded campaign goal. While The Theatre School and School of Music are ranked among the country’s top conservatory-style programs in their respective disciplines, the schools have long been housed in inadequate facilities. The campaign aims to create spaces for DePaul’s theatre and music students to learn their art in facilities commensurate with their respective schools’ national reputation.

In addition to highly qualified faculty, strong financial aid and scholarship support, along with easy access to an arts-rich environment like Chicago, every truly excellent performing arts program requires top-notch facilities. These buildings, says John Culbert, dean of The Theatre School, are “physical manifestations of DePaul’s commitment to providing a world-class education and will aid in attracting top faculty and students while facilitating specialized excellence.”

Alumni Giving Key to Campaign Success

Gifts at all levels are instrumental toward reaching and exceeding milestones in the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign for DePaul University. “The historic $30 million gift from Richard Driehaus is the largest among thousands of generous investments by alumni in the Campaign for DePaul University,” says Fr. Holtschneider. “In many ways, the goals of this campaign and its record-breaking success thus far signify recognition on the part of the donor community that our university has matured as one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the country. We must continue to work hard to fulfill the responsibilities that come with leadership. This campaign will provide DePaul with critical resources to continue to offer an excellent education across the disciplines to the most talented students from a broad cross-section of backgrounds.”

Greenberg Gift Supports Pioneering Collaboration

A visionary campaign commitment from DePaul alumnus and trustee Jack Greenberg (BUS ’64, LAW ’86, DHL ’99) and his wife, Donna, has led to a first-of-its-kind, multi-year collaboration between DePaul University and the international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves. The collaboration will incorporate Facing History’s acclaimed resources, materials and classroom strategies on civic engagement and social justice throughout programs for working and aspiring teachers in DePaul’s College of Education.

The collaboration, with the potential to impact thousands of elementary and high school students, is the first between Facing History and a university college of education. “Facing History and Ourselves has developed very powerful and effective pedagogies and professional development programs for teachers that address some of the most critically urgent issues of our time,” says Fr. Holtschneider. “This agreement strengthens and extends the College of Education’s programming in a manner consistent with the university’s historical commitment to social justice.”

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