Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 22, 1999

Whitworth Launching $50 Million Faith in the Future Campaign

Whitworth College today launched the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in the institution's 110-year history with a campus kick-off celebration and the announcement of three seven-figure gifts.

Hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff and college supporters gathered in Whitworth's Hixson Union Building to kick off the public phase of the $50 million Faith in the Future Campaign. Along with student testimonials, musical performances and video clips, Whitworth officials described the initiatives for academic excellence that will be funded by the campaign. In addition, President Bill Robinson announced three major new gifts that bring the total campaign funds committed to date to $32.7 million. The donations include a $3 million gift from longtime supporters who have requested to remain anonymous; $1 million from Karlyn and Charles Boppell, chair of Whitworth's board of trustees; and $1 million from the Spokane-based Comstock Foundation.

"Our goal in the Faith in the Future Campaign is to proclaim and to enhance the academic excellence of Whitworth College. The campaign will also seek funding to keep Whitworth's heart and mind education affordable to a broad range of students," Robinson says. "We look forward, over the course of the campaign, to building and deepening relationships with people who recognize the enduring value of a Whitworth education and want to join us in raising the institution to new heights."

The campaign comes at a time when Whitworth is riding a wave of successes. The college has enjoyed record rates of student enrollment and retention over the past five years while the academic quality of its students has risen steadily. The institution's financial position and endowment are stronger than ever and have enabled significant investments in the physical plant and academic program. And Robinson's leadership over the past six years has increased Whitworth's visibility in the community, the region and the nation.

"The campaign gives us the opportunity to connect or re-connect with a large number of people to tell them about the great things happening at Whitworth and to give them an opportunity to invest in the college's future," says campaign co-chair Harvey Bolton, a 1960 alumnus and member of the board of trustees. "Supporting Whitworth is investing in the lives of students who make a positive impact in the world, and there's simply no better investment anyone can make."

The primary focus of the Faith in the Future Campaign is to support Whitworth's faculty and students. Major initiatives include funding for endowed chairs and professorships to attract and keep top faculty, a new classroom building to complement Whitworth's distinctive curriculum, student scholarships, technology improvements, endowment funds to enhance financial stability, and increased annual giving to support ongoing operations.

"The top priority of the campaign is to improve our academic resources and facilities so they match the excellent quality of our faculty and students," says Tammy Reid, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "For years, we have been delivering an education that alumni tell us has had a profound impact on their lives. Now we need to invest in new technology, first-class teaching spaces, innovative academic programs and faculty development to give the next generation of students a 21st-century Whitworth experience."

As President and Mrs. Clinton today host the White House Conference on Philanthropy, Whitworth celebrates the dozens of individuals and organizations that have made gifts and pledges in preparation for the kickoff of the public phase of the campaign. In addition to totaling 66 percent of the campaign goal, the gifts reflect Whitworth's desire to strengthen and widen the circle of people who value and support the college's mission.

"Karlyn and I are honored to join this campaign so the college can continue its upward trajectory and so other deserving students can begin their own Whitworth family traditions," says Charles Boppell, whose family has supported Whitworth for four generations. "There is no other college or university that balances academic rigor and Christian commitment in the way that Whitworth does. The Board of Trustees is convinced that this campaign will enable Whitworth to strengthen and enhance its ability to carry out that mission into the next century."


Bill Robinson, president, (509) 777-3200 or wrobinson@whitworth.edu.

Kristi Burns, vice president for institutional advancement, (509) 777-3243 or kburns@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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