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Capital Campaign Ends, Exceeding Million Goal

At a dinner event on Oct. 15, WPI celebrated the successful conclusion of The Campaign for WPI, the largest comprehensive fund drive in the university’s history. The event, held in the Campus Center (one of the most significant outcomes of the campaign), brought leadership donors and volunteers together with some of the faculty, students, and staff who benefited from their philanthropy, which totaled $153.8 million, or nearly $4 million beyond the campaign’s goal.

More than 16,000 donors contributed to The Campaign for WPI, which ended officially on June 30. More than 11,000 alumni contributed a total of nearly $90 million, while just over

$21 million was received from more than 3,800 parents, friends, faculty, and staff. Included in these totals were commitments totaling more than $34 million from WPI’s current and emeritus trustees. Also, WPI received more than $27 million in cash and gifts-in-kind from over 1,000 corporations, more than $10 million from local philanthropic foundations, and more than $5 million from national foundations and other organizations.

In addition to the Campus Center, campaign funds sup-ported a new admissions and financial aid building (construction to begin next year), new equipment and classrooms, laboratory renovations, faculty chairs, graduate fellowships, new educational innovations, and major upgrades to WPI’s information and networking technology, among other programs and facilities.

In his remarks at the October event, F. William Marshall Jr., chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees, noted that the success of the campaign is attributable to the vision and hard work of the university staff and more than 1,700 volunteers. “Unlike anything WPI has done before, this campaign was powered—and empowered—by the people of WPI,” he said. “Tonight it is most fitting to pay tribute to the donors and volunteers who have made WPI a stronger and more vibrant institution. Please know that your contributions of time, talent, and treasure are genuinely appreciated.”

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