Record Donations to Mary Baldwin University in 2000-2001

July 10, 2001

During fiscal year 2000-01, which ended June 20, Mary Baldwin raised a yearly giving total estimated $6.7 million, the second largest amount of cash ever raised by Mary Baldwin University in a single year. The largest amount raised was in 1998-99 with an approximate total of $8 million.

The 2000-2001 fiscal year also marked the end of the Leadership Initiative, initially begun in 1995 as a “mini-campaign” to raise $20 million; in 1999, the campaign went public with an official goal of $50 million. The final total will exceed that goal substantially and will be announced at a press conference set for Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the library of the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.

Not included in these totals are planned major gifts, which have also increased dramatically over recent years. Planned gifts involve assets other than cash and can result in benefits to the donors and their families as well as to charitable organizations. Also, they are generally given over to the college in the future and include gifts of real estate, life insurance plans, and stocks. Such gifts are included in the overall total for the Leadership Initiative.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college with three residential programs for women–the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership–as well as the coeducational, non-residential Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and Master of Arts in Teaching program. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors as well as the M.A.T. degree with K-8 emphasis. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 255 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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