"The program gave me a lot more confidence, I could not have afforded the opportunity financially. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I learned so much."
Together, we have had the privilege of leading and collaborating with a talented group of Foundation Board members who each were dedicated to steadfastly supporting the 10,000 Reasons Campaign and further strentghening this wonderful university that is central to our community and our region. Our 25-member board, a group comprised of alumni and community leaders who take their roles seriously as stewards of contributed private funds, worked together to ensure Salem State's largest-ever fundraising campaign was successful. The campaign's success is easily seen by the numbers:
$26,500,701: cumulative total raised by the 10,000 Reasons Campaign
12,297: total number of campaign donors
112.3%: percentage the Salem State University Foundation endowment has grown since the campaign's inception in 2011 (from approximately $12.08 million to $25.65 million)
49: number of new scholarship funds created for a total of more than $5.5 million
These are just a few of the impressive achievements that illustrate the breadth and depth of the support behind the 10,000 Reasons Campaign and its message and mission. These accomplishments will impact the university now, and in the years and decades to come. In particular, the strength of our endowment will ensure Salem State remains solid, able to provide important financial assistance to students in need, as well as to fuel important academic initiatives that enhance our schools and departments and the renowned faculty who lead them.
The Foundation Board also hosted a variety of important fundraising and educational events throughout the campaign, including our annual Fine Wines and Fabulous Finds Auction that has raised more than $590,000 for student scholarships, and the popular Salem State Series, one of the first high-profile speaker series in the country, which has featured countless world leaders, athletes and artists including former U.S. Presidents Ford, Carter, Bush (41) and Clinton, as well as Benazir Bhutto, Robert Redford, Maya Angelou, and Tom Brady, to name just a few.
We are so proud of what this university has achieved with the 10,000 Reasons Campaign. On behalf of our dedicated team, we thank you for being part of our family--and for being a "reason" Salem State will continue to succeed.