Analysts report that charitable contributions to American non-profit organizations are at an all-time high in 2015, and Hiram College has been on the receiving end of the generous spirit. Only halfway into the academic year, Hiram has logged in one of its most successful fundraising semesters with a 300 percent increase in giving compared to this time last year. Since July 1, 2015, Hiram has raised more than $6 million in cash and pledges.
“Giving at Hiram seems to be contagious right now,” said President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. “The support we have received from foundations, alumni and friends throughout the late summer and fall has been weighty and will go far.”
A $100,000 grant from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation kicked off the academic year’s strong start. It is the first grant Hiram has received from the Foundation. The money supports faculty development related to Hiram Connect, a program that supports student professional development by connecting classroom and internship/hands-on experiences to their future careers.
The College was also the recipient of a $2 million anonymous gift in honor of Galen Roush, a 1915 Hiram graduate, and the founder of Roadway Express. The $2 million gift, made in the form of an endowed scholarship fund, will provide tuition assistance for students in need.
Generous gifts from four members of the College’s Board of Trustees added an additional $2.4 million to the impressive year-to-date totals. One $800,000 gift commitment will fund scholarships for students demonstrating financial need. Another gift in the amount of $800,000 will fund scholarship efforts and programming initiatives at the Garfield Center for Public Leadership. Two additional gifts totaling $800,000 were made to support new faculty and staff positions, as well as marketing efforts that will directly impact student enrollment.
Many other Hiram alumni and friends have also stepped up to support the annual fund. In addition to regular annual giving, alumni contributed more than $10,600 in gifts and pledges on “Giving Tuesday,” tripling the previous year’s total.
“It is difficult to find ways to adequately thank our donors for their generous support,” said President Varlotta. “A vast number of individuals have stepped forward to make gifts that will do wonders for Hiram College. Thanks to the substantial contributions of our donors, Hiram is in the process of overhauling its website, planning renovations to physical spaces on campus, and bolstering its advertising and recruitment activities. The time to have a gift make a powerful impact to the College has never been better.”