Clarke University has successfully completed its largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the institution’s 175 year history. In total, more than $39 million was raised, surpassing the campaign’s goal of $34 million.
“The Impact Tomorrow Capital Campaign has propelled Clarke to its next level of greatness. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow our students, faculty, and staff to build upon the excellent reputation of our programs, while maintaining the flexibility to grow and accommodate future opportunities,” said Campaign Co-Chair and Trustee Emerita Carolyn Gantz ’70 and Campaign Co-Chair and Trustee Timothy C. Conlon.
The Impact Tomorrow Campaign began in June 2012 and concluded in July 2018. Donor support transformed the campus footprint through the construction of the Marie Miske Center for Science Inquiry, Lingen Technology Commons, nursing simulation and food science laboratories, new athletic fields, fitness training center, and locker room facilities. Unprecedented support was also garnered for the University’s endowment, operations, and student scholarship opportunities.
“We are excited to celebrate the completion of this landmark campaign and to see our students thriving in the new learning and enrichment spaces. We thank our alumni and friends for their outstanding commitment and support,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Bill Biebuyck.
Clarke University has a strong tradition of educational excellence and remains forward-thinking as the campus community continues to answer Clarke Foundress Mary Frances Clarke’s call to remain progressive with the times in which we live. The result of this successful campaign is a great example of how Clarke ensures that its students are well-prepared to become global citizens and leaders in their chosen fields.
Clarke President Joanne Burrows, SC, Ph.D. said, “We are extremely grateful to all the generous donors who made this our most prosperous giving campaign to date.Our Clarke family extends far beyond campus, around the country, and even throughout the world. The support for this campaign was tremendous. The positive impact of this campaign will be felt far into the future as Clarke continues to provide an education that is both fitting with the times and embracing of our founders’ spirit.”
Clarke University will celebrate its 175th anniversary throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.
Clarke is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family, and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, and six graduate degree programs.