TO BE BOLD Campaign Raises Record $77 Million
The campaign surpasses $75 million goal to redefine academic excellence at Stonehill.
Stonehill College has completed the most successful comprehensive campaign in the institution's history, raising a record $77.3 million. The campaign exceeded its $75 million goal by $2.3 million.
Through these funds, the TO BE BOLD campaign is redefining academic excellence at the College by investing in student access and opportunity as well as faculty research and teaching, athletics, programming and facilities.
“TO BE BOLD has resonated with students, faculty, alumni, parents, trustees, members of the Congregation of Holy Cross and friends of the College,” President John Denning, C.S.C., said. “I am so thankful for their participation and generosity, which embody an understanding of how a Stonehill education inspires both the mind and the heart. As we look ahead, the success of this campaign will help create brighter futures for our students and for the College.”
The third and most ambitious campaign in the College’s history, TO BE BOLD began in 2016 with trustee and leadership phases. A public launch followed in May 2021. Given pandemic-related disruptions, however, the campaign—at a key stage in its timeline—had to switch quickly from a traditional, in-person donor outreach to a fully virtual engagement strategy.
“The campaign went public at the height of the pandemic, a time of great uncertainty. Nevertheless, we came together to overcome those challenges, a sign of strength and belief in our educational mission,” Campaign Chair and Trustee Patrick Griffin ’81 said. “Stonehill was built on boldness. It spurs our readiness and resilience. As we continue our ascent, we are always adapting and improving, never resting on our laurels.”
TO BE BOLD has prompted new levels of engagement and participation at the College, according to Vice President for Advancement Douglas Smith, who notes that nearly 12,000 donors made gifts to the campaign from 48 states and 15 countries.
“The Stonehill community rallied to this campaign with remarkable generosity, and we are very grateful for every gift no matter the size,” Smith said. “While major gifts are critical, smaller ones also matter very much. The collective impact of all gifts cannot be underestimated, and they reflect widespread support for how the College is constantly progressing and improving.”