New Hall, the college’s multi-purpose facility that will serve as the new home of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and house 150 students, will open this fall.

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple recently announced that the college has recorded its third-best fundraising year in school history, raising $3.13 million during the 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.) This total comes on the heels of a record-breaking FY18 that saw the college raise $8.55 million. The $11.68 million raised since July 2017 is the highest total in the history of the college over the course of two consecutive fiscal years.

“We are very fortunate to have many generous friends of the college, alumni, faculty and staff who have great affinity for this institution, and they showcase that commitment through giving,” says Dalrymple. “Being good stewards of these gifts is our focus, and they will help us continue our mission of changing lives through quality education.”

Gifts are directed towards student support, scholarships and also to the college’s area of greatest need via the Columbia College Fund. Contributions also benefited New Hall, the college’s multi-purpose facility that will serve as the new home of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and house 150 students. The building is currently under construction with completion set for August. The college will host the dedication of New Hall on September 25 at 4 p.m. Visit my.ccis.edu/newdirection or call (573) 875-7563 to learn how you can support this exciting endeavor with a named space or commemorative brick.

Earlier this spring, $233,000 in scholarships were awarded to 146 students at the college’s 11th annual Honors and Awards ceremony. Tyana Shelby (right) was one of the students presented with a scholarship by Dr. Scott Dalrymple at the event. She received the Price-Lamke-Jennings-Bassett Scholarship.

“Our philanthropic partners continue to step up and support our efforts to provide a world-class educational experience for our students,” said Suzanne Rothwell, the college’s vice president of Advancement. “We are pleased with the momentum we are experiencing from a fundraising standpoint, and appreciate the generosity of our donors.”

The college recorded 8,132 gifts in 2019, up from 7,316 in 2018 (an 11 percent increase) and also had 675 new donors this year vs. 361 new donors last year (an 87 percent increase). One of the drivers for the increase in new donors was the college’s first-ever Giving Day that took place in April. The 24-hour initiative was focused on inviting members of the Columbia College community to make a single gift with a goal of 500 participants. More than 550 donors made gifts as part of that campaign, raising more than $29,400.