Columbia College officials recently announced that the college raised $8.55 million during the 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). That total is the most the institution has raised in a single year in its 167-year history. The previous high-water mark was set in 2004 when the college raised $6.46 million.

“This year’s philanthropic totals reflect the fact that our supporters have a strong belief in the direction the college is headed and see the value in our mission of changing lives,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College. “We are extremely grateful for the contributions we continue to receive from friends, alumni, faculty and staff.”

The college received more than 7,300 gifts throughout the year.  These gifts are directed towards student support, scholarships and the new Academic and Residence Hall that is currently under construction and is scheduled to be ready to accept students in the fall of 2019.

“Whether supporting student scholarships, building new facilities or any of the other initiatives the college has in motion, our very generous alumni, community members and friends of the college demonstrate their support and generosity through their philanthropy,” said Suzanne Rothwell, executive director of Advancement for the college. “The college’s leadership has put our Advancement team in a position to be successful and that investment has paid off during this record-setting year.”