Why are we having this campaign?

We have three main goals with this campaign:

  1. To increase our endowment, because of its importance to the University's success and our ability to provide the first-rate Bucknell educational experience.
  2. To invest new resources in our students, faculty, programs and campus.
  3. To engage alumni, parents and other friends in this and future campaigns as donors, volunteers and advocates for Bucknell.

But the larger purpose is this: Every generation of Bucknellians, like those who came before us, must aspire to make Bucknell the best version of itself. A university that does not offer new programs, does not catalyze its collective energies, does not set its sights high, is destined for irrelevance. But a university that marshals itself to new challenges does change lives, and leads.

Bucknell has always prided itself on ensuring that our students of today are tomorrow's well-educated thinkers, citizens, change-makers and leaders. This campaign is our statement that we today can and will do our part to create a magnificent future for Bucknell, for our students.

How much money is Bucknell trying to raise in this campaign and how much have we raised so far?

We have set an overall campaign goal of $500 million. This is by far the biggest campaign in Bucknell's history. The most recent Bucknell campaign, which ended in 2000, raised $188 million.

As of June 2015, the campaign has raised more than $350 million in gifts and pledges — more than two-thirds of our goal.

How long will the campaign last?

We expect the campaign to end in 2017.

What will the money from this campaign be used for?

The campaign targets these five overarching areas:

  • $150 million in endowments for scholarships and financial aid to recruit and retain outstanding students of all backgrounds. Scholarships change the lives of individual students as long as Bucknell stands. The last campaign raised $76 million in new scholarship funds, dramatically increasing the percentage of our undergraduates who received scholarships (from 35 percent to almost 50 percent). The current campaign will have an even greater impact on student scholarship opportunities.
  • $125 million for endowed chairs and professorships. Our faculty are the key to Bucknell's success in educating and preparing students. With endowed chairs and professorships, we will attract outstanding new professors from other institutions or reward Bucknell faculty for extraordinary teaching and scholarship, and encourage them to continue their academic careers here. These positions also enable us to maintain our low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • $100 million for new buildings and other new facilities to create new academic buildings, classrooms, laboratories, student meeting spaces and faculty office spaces. These resources will also allow us to expand the library, upgrade Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, and pursue other ideas that ensure the usefulness and beauty of our campus, which is so important to the residential learning experience at the core of Bucknell's mission.
  • $100 million through Annual Fund giving. Annual Fund gifts are expended immediately and are used for everything from buying supplies to implementing new technologies to funding new teaching initiatives. Every student and every program across the University benefits from the Annual Fund.
  • $25 million in endowments for new programming that will strengthen individual academic programs, seed new cooperative efforts between departments, fund new student research experiences and create new student leadership opportunities.

What specific initiatives will campaign funds support?

Within the five overarching areas, we will focus fundraising around six academic and residential initiatives. Each of these initiatives has a critical mass of faculty and students engaged in it, promises to significantly impact the overall Bucknell experience, and has already drawn donor interest.

The Creative Campus Initiative

Bucknell has the potential to be a model creative campus, where every day, students discover new dimensions of their originality and capacity to lead. Funding opportunities include programs in which students will work with faculty across the curriculum to hone their skills as creative thinkers and use their ingenuity to address real-world problems. Donors may also choose to support an interdisciplinary endowed fund to encourage the fresh integration of technologies into creative projects across the curriculum.

The Global Learning Initiative

We want to build on our robust overseas-study and service-learning programs to create new, substantive global study experiences that will make undergraduate education at Bucknell a global education. For example, donors can help support our new efforts to give most of our engineering and management students global experiences, opening up possibilities already available to their classmates in other disciplines; and help establish in Washington, D.C., and New York City internship experiences that will provide firsthand exposure to foreign policy, world affairs, international development, arts, media and global economics.

The Human Health Initiative

Thanks to faculty expertise and programs on campus, and a new partnership with nearby Geisinger Health System, a national leader in healthcare delivery and research, Bucknell has the potential to become a global draw for students and scholars interested in the health sciences. The highly collaborative relationship on campus among science, engineering, social science and management fields creates opportunities for donors to invest in projects that will allow students to work with researchers at a depth rarely offered to undergraduates on some of the most pressing challenges in healthcare technologies, bioinformatics, biostatistics and neuroscience.

The Management Education Initiative

The School of Management, established in 2008, strives to integrate management and liberal arts education in ways that specially prepare students for success and leadership. Donors can endow our three hallmark hands-on programs - Management 101, ILTM (Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management) and SMIF (Student-Managed Investment Fund) and draw employers to our graduates as never before. Donors can also help create endowments, faculty chairs and professorships that will allow us to hire faculty so that we can meet the great demand for management courses from students who are not management majors.

The Residential Learning Initiative

At Bucknell, learning occurs in and out of the classroom - in dining spaces, on the playing field, and everywhere our students live, study and recreate. As a residential university, we seek to strengthen the breadth and depth of our myriad learning opportunities. Whether students are conducting research with faculty, participating in leadership programs, or being mentored by a coach or staff member, they are preparing for success in an increasingly complex world.

The Sustainability Initiative

Sustainability, a core principle for institutions and businesses of all kinds, requires expertise in fields in which Bucknell excels or has special resources. This fact gives Bucknell the opportunity to offer students experiences that are available at few other places. Donor funding opportunities include a Sustainability Design Studio where students will work on such cutting-edge projects as the design of zero-impact buildings and carbon-neutral cities; and an endowed Institute for Leadership in Sustainability to explore the complexities of sustainability in a dynamic, applied format, tying students directly to an area with burgeoning career opportunities.


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