Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, Hiram College has posted the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking fundraising, bringing in $10.2 million in cash during the 2018-19 fiscal year. This is the first-ever double digit fundraising year for the College.

“This remarkable achievement is a testament to the unprecedented generosity from our alumni, our trustees, and countless other stakeholders who materially demonstrate an ongoing confidence in the strategic direction we have charted,” said Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., president of Hiram College. “These collective gifts make an immediate and positive impact on the entire campus community as we continue a 169-year legacy of transforming the lives of our students and preparing them for the many changes, challenges, and wonders they will encounter throughout their lives.”

Gifts for the fiscal year included a cash donation of $1.25 million from an anonymous donor to support need-based scholarships in the name of Galen J. Roush, a 1915 alumnus of the College. The gift has enabled the College to offer scholarships to students who need financial assistance in rounding out their overall financial aid package. The College also received an unrestricted gift of $2 million from an anonymous donor to advance projects and priorities included in The New Liberal Arts™. Additionally, the Scarborough School of Business & Communication was the first of five schools to be named from a philanthropic gift, and the College’s third annual Hiram Giving Day, held March 1, 2019, generated more than $350,000 from 375 donors.

In October 2018, following three consecutive years of record-setting fundraising and the initial implementation of an academic redesign, Hiram College launched a boutique fundraising campaign aimed at advancing The New Liberal Arts. Dubbed Vision 20/20, the campaign is designed to help the College update various facilities and infrastructures and bring a number of academic and co-curricular changes to fruition.

The bipartite goal of Vision 20/20 is to raise $20 million in cash and $20 million in pledges by June 30, 2020. To date, the campaign has secured more than $17 million dollars in cash and more than $9 million dollars in pledges and newly documented will commitments.

For more information about Hiram College’s Vision 20/20 Campaign, visit Gifts can also be made in support one of the many funding opportunities outlined by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 800-705-5050.

by Jenelle Bayus

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