In May 2015, the university publicly launched “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.” The $180 million fundraising effort seeks to make Biola more affordable for students, to provide new facilities that inspire learning, to support new academic initiatives and to extend Biola’s global reach.
As the university’s Office of Advancement continues to raise support for this unprecedented goal, here is a collection of updates from the campaign trail.
Construction Begins on Center for Science, Technology and Health
Thanks to the faithfulness of God and the generosity of hundreds of supporters, Biola held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health on Feb. 26. At 91,200 square feet, the building will be the largest academic facility on Biola’s campus. Though construction is underway and on schedule, nearly $15 million still needs to be raised before it opens for use in early 2018.
124 Students get $1,000 Scholarships from One-Day Online Fundraiser
Last Dec. 1, on Giving Tuesday, Biola supporters generously donated nearly $125,000 to a student scholarship fund in one 24-hour period. It was the most money Biola had ever raised from an online, single-day campaign. Three months later, that money was distributed back to current Biola students in the form of scholarships. More than 300 students filled out applications for the scholarship, which required them to write an essay in response to the prompt, “What does it mean to you to be a Biolan?” or “What has Biola given you the courage to do?” A selection committee evaluated the applicants and chose 124 winners, each awarded a $1,004 scholarship for the 2016–17 academic year.
In addition to raising money for student scholarships, the effort also aimed to creatively utilize social media to engage younger alumni and students and motivate first-time gifts. On this front it was hugely successful. One-third of all gifts on Giving Tuesday were from first-time donors, and 163 alumni under the age of 35 gave gifts, totaling $17,531 (nearly matching the total raised by alumni 36 and older: $20,010).
Campaign National Tour Hits the Road
Last fall, The Campaign for Biola University took the show on the road, beginning a 16-city tour that started in Newport Beach, Calif., in September and is crisscrossing the nation throughout 2016. The tour is designed to give alumni, friends and supporters of Biola a chance to connect with the university and hear about its campaign in their own regions.
Featuring updates from President Barry H. Corey, guest speakers, videos and a time of networking over hors d’oeuvres, these “national tour” events are a crucial component of the fundraising strategy in the final year of the campaign. To date, the tour events have raised more than $700,000 toward the campaign’s goals.
Learn more about the Campaign National Tour: http://giving.biola.edu/campaign-recap/