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Goal 8: Exercise diligent stewardship in growing Whitworth's financial and capital resources
Increase alumni participation/giving rate.
Peer institutions currently at: 16.0%
Current Performance & Goal (as of FY2013)
KPI 8.1.3a-c: Grow Whitworth's endowment from approximately $90 million in 2011 to at least $180 million in 2021 – through new additions to the corpus averaging $5 million per year ($50 million total) and annual investment returns averaging at least 4.5 percent above the Consumer Price Index (a projected total of $40 million).
Thank you to the 4,484 individuals and households who contributed more than $8.6 million to Whitworth between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, one of our strongest fund-raising years in recent history! These gifts supported university operations and student scholarships.
In October 2012, the Whitworth University Council issued a call for proposals to support the implementation of the strategic initiatives from Whitworth 2021. The resulting Strategic Initiative Fund received 29 requests for new initiatives, of which President Beck A. Taylor approved 19. Funding to support the initiatives came to just over $100,000.
These initiatives include the following:
As part of the Whitworth 2021 Vision and Strategic Plan, construction began on a new university recreation center in fall 2012. The new center opened in August 2013. Funded in part by a student-approved facilities fee, the center includes an elevated running track, climbing walls, a greatly expanded fitness center, three indoor basketball courts, and storage for outdoor recreation equipment. The 32,000-square-foot facility is open to students, faculty and staff.
"Students have been included in the design of the building from the beginning," says Vice President for Student Life Dick Mandeville. "Student input was decisive in identifying the components that are included in the new recreation center."
The U.S. Green Building Council will recognize the $8 million center as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified. The building is located on the northwest side of campus, near the Scotford Tennis Center.
In fall 2010, Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor reaffirmed the university's commitment to sustainability. Three of the major requirements of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment are to initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality, to reduce greenhouse gases, and to document the university's progress in reaching those goals.
The completion of Whitworth's new solar panel array represents the largest solar installation in Eastern Washington and demonstrates the university's active support of the Presidents' Climate Commitment. The solar panels generate enough energy to power Stewart Hall.
Additionally, all future building projects on campus will meet LEED Silver Certification, which began with the completion of East Hall (LEED Silver) in 2009. The William P. and Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall, which opened in 2011, is LEED Gold certified, and the new University Recreation Center is LEED Silver certified.
Whitworth remains committed to promoting an understanding and appreciation of sustainable practices and to increasing participation in a sustainable society. To see the many other ways in which Whitworth is working toward increased sustainability, visit www.whitworth.edu/sustainability.
Whitworth University has long partnered with diverse expressions of the Presbyterian church, from providing supportive programs for students, staff and faculty that have connections with a variety of Presbyterian denominations to hosting the annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry, which draws clergy and laity from a spectrum of Christ's global church. Continuing to establish partnerships across the Presbyterian tradition supports and affirms Whitworth's identity as a university that seeks broad fellowship and provides sanctuary for thoughtful people to come together and discuss potentially divisive issues.
Recent connections include the following:
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