To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Newman University has launched a series of fundraising initiatives to sustain institutional growth and support students, alumni and the community. The announcement was made by President Kathleen Jagger and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Bob Beumer during the recent Party on the Plaza campus event.
Stemming from its rich history and grounded in the values imparted its sponsor, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and founder St. Maria De Mattias, these efforts aim for both immediate impact and long-term legacy.
New endowed funds Leadership Giving
A cornerstone of the anniversary fundraising is the Leadership Giving program. Celebrating 90 years with 90 new gifts — what better way to empower the future? Contributions are allocated towards scholarships, program funds, faculty development, athletics and capital projects. This initiative is crucial for maintaining the university’s operational and educational excellence.
Founding Members of Consecutive Giving
Another key initiative is the establishment of founding members to a consecutive giving program. This aims to enroll 90 individuals who pledge annual support to the Newman Fund for the next five years. While there is no minimum gift size, the cumulative impact of these commitments will provide the university with a dependable funding stream and continue to infuse vitality into our mission.
Cumulative Giving – Celebrating Champions
Newman University is also instituting new honor society to recognize those who have demonstrated unwavering dedication through lifetime giving exceeding $90,000. Recognitions will take place at an annual banquet, making it a celebratory and publicly acknowledged commitment.
Expanding the Newman Society
To ensure long-term financial stability, the Newman Society’s goal is to secure a 90% increase in planned giving or estate commitments. This initiative allows donors to leave a lasting legacy that benefits future generations of students.
Athletics Leadership Giving
The Athletics Leadership Giving initiative targets the establishment of 90 founding members who contribute to the enhancement of the university’s athletics program. With suggested donation levels, the program aims to improve facilities and fortify athletic endeavors both on and off the field.
Redefining and Renovating Sacred Heart Hall
In addition to these initiatives, there is a separate but significant focus on the remodel and reimagining of the 100-year-old Sacred Heart Hall. This building has long been the symbolic heart and soul of Newman University. The project aims not merely to refurbish the structure but to modernize it for future generations. Plans include improving accessibility, redesigning social and learning spaces for students and alumni, and incorporating energy-efficient technologies.
For further information or to contribute to these initiatives, please contact Bob Beumer, vice president of institutional advancement, at 316-942-4291 ext. 2471.