Thiel College has announced new all-time highs in fundraising for the year ending June 30, 2007. Total voluntary support reached $6,507,283 in cash—nearly $2 million more than was raised in any previous year. “Grants, estate gifts and support of special projects and endowment all played a part in reaching this fundraising milestone,” said Ron Doerr, chair of the College’s Advancement Committee. “A widespread belief in the direction of Thiel College is evident among our many stakeholders and that translates in many ways including charitable support.”
This record-level fundraising year includes new highs for the College’s Annual Fund, which reached $689,257, representing the second largest portion of unrestricted revenue, after tuition, to the operating budget. In addition, participation from alumni increased from 28 percent to 29 percent in 2006-07.
“I am pleased with our progress, but point to more fundraising to be done in completing projects to construct William Robinson Theater, due for dedication September 29, and our new baseball/softball fields located at Tomcat Park,” announced interim president Dr. Robert Olson ’60.
“When the student body returns this fall, labs for our new neuroscience program will be in place, as will the foundation of our new Center for Learning and Advising, funded by Thiel’s first-ever Title III Grant,” he continued. “As a college community, we are excited about our near-term and long-term prospects both in and out of the classroom.”
Thiel College, located in Greenville, Pa., is a liberal arts, sciences and professional studies college, with enrollment of 1,200, related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.