Bridgewater College Doubles Fundraising Over Last Year

Bridgewater College has enjoyed unparalleled fund-raising success during the first six months of the 2006 fiscal year, with more than $1 million being donated in the month of December alone, it was reported by the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement. The college is a Church of the Brethren school located in Bridgewater, Va.

According to Charles H. Scott, vice president for institutional advancement, December’s receipts– totaling $1,220,182–marked the largest December on record for the College. Additionally, he said, cash receipts for the first six months of the 2005-06 academic year (July 1 to Dec. 31) outpaced cash receipts received in all of the previous fiscal year.

More than 1,500 individuals including alumni, parents of students and alumni, faculty, staff, and friends contributed in the first six months of fiscal year 2006, as did many businesses in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

The increase was attributed to several large, six-figure gifts for a dramatic increase in the college’s annual giving program. Scott said the number of givers for the first six months of the year outpaced the previous year’s number by 500.

“I am especially pleased that support for Bridgewater College not only remained strong during the last fiscal year, but exhibited a remarkable surge,” said Bridgewater president Phillip C. Stone. “The gifts made by our alumni, parents and friends demonstrate their belief in the work of the College and give us encouragement to continue our efforts.”

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(This article is taken from a Bridgewater press release; contact Charles Culbertson, director of Media Relations.)

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