To use a football analogy, the Sports Complex at Kansas Wesleyan University is deep in the red zone. After announcing a $400,000 matching grant on September 18, the university has received more than $500,000 in pledges and gifts. This pushed the total raised in the two-week period to nearly $1 million, with the matching gift.
Now, one week from the October 8 deadline for the Mabee Foundation challenge grant, the university is less than $50,000 away from reaching its goal of $6.75 million. Once that is achieved, the university will meet the requirement for the $750,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation and KWU will hit the goal of $7.5 million raised for the project.
“The matching gift was a tremendous boost to the fundraising efforts,” said Bill Grevas, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “We are at the one-yard line, and we are confident that our alumni and community supporters will help bring this campaign home in the next eight days.”
While Phase I of the project is fully funded, it does not include the grandstand, press box, concession stands, restroom facilities and other amenities—all necessary to host competition at the new field and track.
Since KWU launched a 100-Day Dash campaign on July 1 to bolster momentum for the project, it has received more than $1.6 million in a 90-day period.
Construction crews have been active at the site. The stadium lights are in place, and drainage work has begun.
To make a gift or a multi-year pledge, visit www.kwu.edu/bringithome, stop by the Institutional Advancement Office or call Bill Grevas, vice president of Institutional Advancement at 785.827.5541, x 1121.
Story by John Elmore / Kansas Wesleyan University