July 21, 2016, BY Christina Masciere Wallace

Bertrand Library clock tower
Photo by Charlie Guttendorf

In 2012, Bucknell publicly launched the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in University history, with the goal of raising a half-billion dollars. Now WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University, has reached a celebratory milestone: surpassing $400 million.

"This is a special moment for Bucknell, one only attainable through the passion and loyalty shared by so many Bucknellians around the world," President John Bravman said. "We are extremely grateful for the support of our alumni, parents and friends. Their generosity will quite literally change the lives of our students for generations to come."  

Though the WE DO Campaign seeks to reach its $500 million goal in summer 2017, students are already reaping its benefits. The campaign has received gifts and pledges from more than 42,800 donors, including 72 who have committed $1 million or more. New scholarships, professorships, programs and buildings have strengthened the University and infused the campus community with fresh energy. Among the highlights so far: 

Opportunities abound
With $100 million still to be raised, there are numerous opportunities to support a variety of initiatives, all of which will further enhance Bucknell's ability to attract talented students, faculty and staff, and offer a distinct and exceptional educational experience.

"This campaign will ensure that the University is positioned to provide an unmatched undergraduate education well beyond our lifetimes," said Steve Holmes '79, P'06, P'08, a University trustee and chairman of the WE DO Campaign. "Bucknellians are ambitious, they work together, and they get things done. I'm confident that we will succeed, and I invite everyone to join me in making a gift to benefit students and help us reach our goal."  

Several key areas offer donors an array of opportunities to help raise WE DO's final $100 million.

  • Endowed scholarships. The campaign's top donors, Bob '45 and Doris Malesardi, made a $20 million commitment to support endowed scholarships. Thanks to their pledge, new commitments of $100,000 or more to endowed scholarships are eligible for a match of $1 for every $2 donated.

  • The College of Management. In 2017, the School of Management will become the University's third college. New endowed faculty positions, endowed funding for signature programs and a new management building will help create a management college that capitalizes on Bucknell's strengths and offers distinctive educational opportunities. 

"This is an opportunity to have a profound impact on Bucknell," said Bravman. "As we strengthen our ability to educate students for a lifetime of critical thinking and leadership, we in turn strengthen their ability to make the world a better place."

WE DO News & Events

Malesardi Match Raises $12 Million for Financial Aid — and Counting

More than 50 donors have stepped up to support endowed scholarships through the matching-gift program established by Robert '45 and Doris Malesardi.

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2017 Bucknell Calendar Now Available

Make your gift before Dec. 31 to enjoy beautiful images of campus all year long. 

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Graham Building Opens

The 36,000-square-foot addition to the Bucknell University campus provides a new home for student health, wellness and counseling services, and a world-class wrestling training facility.

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New Malesardi Match to Expand Endowed Scholarships

The program will increase the impact of Bob '45 and Doris Malesardi's $20 million commitment to support financial aid.

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Bucknell Campaign Hits $400 Million, with $100 Million to Go

The success of WE DO has strengthened the University, and more opportunities lie ahead.

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Newly Named MacDonald Commons Honors Family's Ties to Bucknell

The gift from Randy and Kathy MacDonald P'02 reflects their support for beyond-the-classroom learning.

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At the Heart of Bucknell, a New Name for a Beloved Space

The Malesardi Family Quadrangle honors Bob '45 and Doris Malesardi's $20 million pledge to financial aid — the single-biggest commitment in Bucknell's history. 

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Bucknellians Top $1.7 Million in Trustee Giving Challenge

The one-day giving event broke participation records as it raised money to benefit students in every part of the University.

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Teagle Grant to Strengthen Management and Liberal Arts Connection

The $100,000 award will help students become creative problem-solvers in their careers.

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Bucknell Receives Largest Pledge in University History

The $20 million commitment by Bob and Doris Malesardi will be used solely for financial aid.

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