GIVING SUCCESS: John Brown University has many ties to the Tulsa area through alumni and board members. Recently, the university announced that the Keeping Faith Campaign has been met and even exceeded goals.
Coming off a record-breaking year for fundraising, John Brown University announced that it has completed its historic Keeping Faith Campaign one year ahead of schedule and $18 million over the original goal of $100 million.
“The completion of the Keeping Faith Campaign is good news,” says Dr. Chip Pollard, president. “Good news because more students will have access to JBU’s Christ-centered education because of funds given for endowed and annual scholarships. students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and these resources enable us to fulfill JBU’s mission to train students to honor God and serve others. We are deeply grateful to God for the over 16,000 friends, alumni, corporations, and foundations who supported through this campaign.”
John Brown University, on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border just over 80 miles from Tulsa, has always had strong connections with the greater Tulsa area. Almost 900 alumni live in the Tulsa area, and several board members live around Tulsa as well.
Oklahomans were generous during the Keeping Faith Campaign. More than 1,300 gave during the campaign, making up about 8.2 percent of all donors to the campaign. The Tulsa-based Chapman Trusts and The Mary K. Chapman Trust have been long-time supporters of and were a key part of the Keeping Faith Campaign.
The Keeping Faith Campaign, which launched in 2005, was increased to $110 million last year. The Keeping Faith Campaign was originally scheduled to end in 2012. The final campaign fundraising total is $118,195,624. It provided $42.5 million for buildings, $43.4 million for scholarships, and $32.3 million for program endowment, operational support and other projects.
In the 2010-11 fiscal year, which ended in July, saw the highest level of giving in its 92-year history, with $29,575,761. The previous record was 2009-10, with giving of $25,930,023.
“We are deeply grateful to thousands of people who kept faith with the mission of by giving,” says Jim Krall, vice president for advancement. “JBU is very blessed to have deep and broad support from alumni, friends and foundations who partner with us in providing excellence in higher education.”
The top ten projects funded by campaign, by dollar amount, are:
• $20 Million Challenge, a matching grant for endowed scholarships and programs
• $11 million, a new 40,000-square foot facility to house JBU’s engineering, construction management and renewable energy programs
• $10 Million Challenge, a matching grant for endowed scholarships
• $9.5 million, a 1,800-seat venue for athletic events, special guest speakers, and graduation
• Berry Performing Arts Center, a 500-seat state-of-the-art auditorium with orchestra pit, choir room, classrooms and more
• Cathedral Group Renovation, $6 million, completing the founder’s vision for the iconic Cathedral of the Ozarks and the two adjacent academic buildings with a renovation and restoration
• Scholarship Fund, $4.9 million. The annual fund provides direct scholarships for students based on merit and need
• North Hall Residential Facility new wing, $3.5 million, an expansion doubling the capacity of JBU’s newest residential hall
• Building Renovation, $2.5 million, a conversion of the old engineering building into a top-tier facility for the visual arts program
• Dr. Gary J. Oliver Endowed Chair in Marriage, Family and Relationship Studies, $2 million, an endowment to support JBU’s Center for Relationship Enrichment
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked second among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes. enrolls more than 2,100 students from 39 states and 45 countries. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.