DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, officially raised $105.6 million, surpassing its goal of $100 million, during its Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign. It’s the largest and most successful fundraising effort in the college’s 178-year history.
“In making this unprecedented success possible, more than half our alumni base, 22,420 individuals, donated gifts large and small. Every gift made a difference,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said.
Launched in 2013, Inspiring Lives & Leadership’s goal was $75 million within four years. That goal was increased to $100 million in 2015 when it took just two years to reach that amount.
The financial support has:
- Provided financial aid for students through more than 120 new endowed scholarships and 55 new awards
- Strengthened and expanded the College’s curriculum, including three graduate programs and the Center for Business Analytics
- Enriched student experience in such areas as spiritual life, experiential learning, career development, leadership and service opportunities
- Renovated and upgraded classrooms, laboratories, Christ the King Chapel and tennis courts
Loras announced surpassing its $100 million goal Aug. 3. At that time, it had raised nearly $105 million. The campaign officially ended on Aug. 31.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.