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Central’s Fiscal Year Fundraising Efforts Break New Records

Featured: Central’s Fiscal Year Fundraising Efforts Break New Records

July 29, 2021

Central College enjoyed another record-breaking year in its fundraising efforts for the Journey Scholarship Fund and saw tremendous overall support for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

A total of $7.67 million was raised this year, one of the highest totals in Central history.

The year began with a 48-Hour Challenge in support of the Journey Scholarship Fund, which raised $185,000 for students. Overall, a record $1.67 million was raised for the Journey Scholarship Fund, surpassing last year’s total of $1.38 million. At Central, 100% of gifts to the Journey Scholarship Fund directly support students.

Total scholarship giving exceeded $3.65 million for annual and endowed scholarships. Endowed scholarships also directly support student education and leave a sustainable, long-term legacy of generosity.

In addition, Central finished fundraising for the $18-million Forever Dutch® initiative in November 2020, the college’s most ambitious capital campaign to-date. The initiative garnered the most donors for a single project and one of the largest gifts in the college’s history, which includes $4.2 million from descendants of P.H. “Pete” Kuyper and their family foundations.

“We are so grateful to our donors for helping us continue a tradition of giving at Central,” says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, vice president for advancement and a 1999 Central graduate. “We are incredibly fortunate to have donors — alumni, foundations and friends — who support our mission so that we may welcome students with open arms and provide experiences that will change their lives.”

To learn more about supporting Central, visit central.edu/alumni/priority.