The most successful fundraising campaign in the 229-year history of Louisburg College concluded recently, raising $18.8 million that will support and enhance every aspect of the campus. The results of the Great Futures Campaign, which exceeded the original $15 million goal by 25 percent, were announced March 18 during a dinner on campus to celebrate the campaign’s conclusion and the generosity of nearly 3,000 donors who made it a success.
Launched in September 2012 during the College’s 225th birthday celebration, the Great Futures Campaign sought to make a significant difference in the lives of students both in and out of the classroom. The campaign also helped secure a bright future for the College, with more than $7 million earmarked for endowment and deferred gifts, and donors created more than 20 new scholarship funds.
Tangible evidence of the campaign’s success can already be seen in $5 million worth of new construction and major renovations across campus. These projects include the Taylor Athletic Center, Hodges Fine Arts Complex, Joyner Student Residence, Robbins Library and the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). Another $7 million supported ongoing operations of the College and programs such as Learning Partners, the Taylor Honors Program, athletics and cultural opportunities.
“The Great Futures Campaign has truly made a difference here,” says Dr. Mark La Branche, President. “It has provided the foundation for transformational change on our campus, what many in our community have described as the ‘Louisburg College Renaissance.’ Every part of our historic campus has been touched by this campaign. The marks of the Great Futures Campaign are everywhere, and we thank every donor whose generosity made this monumental accomplishment possible.”
Ten donors who made gifts exceeding $100,000 were recognized during the dinner. Dr. La Branche also announced that the College will begin fundraising for Cameron Fountain, to be named in honor and memory of Dr. John Cameron, former chairman of the Board of Trustees. The fountain will be located near the front entrance of the JPAC.