The Campaign for Wheelock

Building on Success: Investing in Wheelock's Mission


Kristin Read '89/'11MS

"Alumni who give...are giving to a cause that not only is worthy but also grows and multiplies in effectiveness with each student who graduates from our college."


"The challenge we face today is to weave Wheelock's historic mission into the ever-changing environment of contemporary society. It is the same challenge Lucy Wheelock faced a century ago in re-imagining early childhood education. This Campaign will provide Wheelock with the resources needed to sustain its clear and focused mission while being innovative in preparing more graduates to meet the needs of future generations of children and families."
- Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President of Wheelock College

The Campaign for Wheelock will lay the foundation for a "new vision" of a thriving 21st-century institution. The $80 million Campaign, the largest capital fundraising initiative in Wheelock's history, is a transformational undertaking that will provide significant new resources needed for the College to pursue a future of growth and innovation.

Both Annual Fund and endowment giving are central to this Campaign. Alumni who contribute to the Campaign's record-setting Annual Fund goal will have an immediate impact on student access to a Wheelock education. More than 90 percent of Annual Fund contributions support student scholarships, an absolutely crucial resource for a private college of Wheelock's caliber.

New endowments and support for programs and facilities will sustain Wheelock's mission in the future. Unlike many of its peer institutions, Wheelock has never had adequate resources for endowments dedicated to supporting scholarships, faculty, and the technological and other educational resources that are essential to our purpose and indispensable for excellence. Investing in these areas now will provide a base for expansion and make ongoing innovation possible.

Those who invest in the Campaign for Wheelock will build institutional capacity for the College to change and grow as the future unfolds, sustaining Wheelock's leadership in higher education and ensuring the continuing viability of its mission. The College is more than ready to move forward to the next level of growth and achievement.

A Transformational Campaign Building on Success

This Campaign comes at an exciting time. In 2005, Wheelock initiated a Strategic Plan that laid a clear path for revitalizing and growing the College as a learning community. Wheelock has exceeded all of the Plan's fundraising objectives and achieved challenging goals—all while maintaining financial stability during uncertain economic times. The College is making enormous strides in fulfilling its mission; is in a position of institutional, financial, and community strength; and has strong leadership in its Trustees, Corporators, and President. All of this inspires great confidence in the Campaign that lies ahead.

We Are Strong... And We Continue to Raise the Bar...
  • Stewarding our resources: Our leadership team consistently
    balances the budget and exceeds the Department of Education's Institution Participation and Oversight Service guidelines, which judge the overall financial strength and total resources of participating institutions of higher education.
  • Fostering strong performance: Our outstanding investment committee is vigilant in assessing performance and establishing sound investment policy.
  • Cultivating support: Our Office of Institutional Advancement provides a variety of capital, planned giving, and major gifts programs; has expanded foundation and corporate giving; and meets or exceeds Annual Fund goals each year.
  • Growing undergraduate and graduate enrollments
  • Improving student success
  • Increasing retention
  • Creating innovative new programs and curricula
  • Building a landmark - and green - Campus Center and Student Residence
  • Renovating the Library, residences, and offices
  • Bringing new vitality to our learning community
  • Developing new community and international partnerships
  • Raising institutional recognition
  • Securing increased foundation and corporate support
  • Achieving successive Annual Fund goals
  • Establishing the Passion for Action Scholarship Program
  • Extending our reach through online distance learning
  • Graduating more Lucy Wheelock world changers


inspire a world of good

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