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Davidson Launches $425 Million Campaign

Largest in History of College, Innovative Strategy to Support Scholarships and Academics
Grid of nine Davidson alumni who are game changers
Davidson alumni, faculty, staff, and students stand out as game changers—questioning the status quo and pushing themselves and others to achieve more than they thought possible, thereby offering what the world needs most from them.

Davidson College has launched a new, groundbreaking $425-million comprehensive campaign. Titled Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World, the campaign, which is the largest in the history of the college, leverages its alumni to make the case for a liberal arts education and why supporters should help Davidson continue to enable the best and brightest to attend Davidson.

"Davidson's abiding commitment to the liberal arts and our primary purpose grows stronger each day as we see the urgent need in the world for the impact our graduates provide," said President Carol Quillen. "Through this campaign, we have an extraordinary opportunity to continue to offer an unsurpassed educational experience to the most talented students in the world."

The campaign will benefit three broad areas—scholarships, the academic experience, and transition to impact initiatives. Specifically, the $425 million campaign aims to raise:

  • $212.5 million, or 50 percent of dollars raised, for scholarships that support Davidson's commitment to educational excellence and access and to enable the best and brightest students to choose Davidson.
  • $170 million, or 40 percent, to enrich the academic and athletic experience at Davidson through faculty support, strengthening NCAA Division I programs, creating facilities that foster creative inquiry, growing programs that encourage student-led research and arts engagement.
  • $21.25 million, or 5 percent, will benefit programs that prepare students to lead and innovate in our evolving world. These experiences include international engagement, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, career development and leadership initiatives.
  • $21.25 million, or 5 percent, for unrestricted gifts made through the college's leading annual giving program, The Fund for Davidson.

"This is a significant time for higher education," said campaign co-chair Alison Hall Mauzé, a member of the Davidson class of 1984. "Through this campaign, Davidson is poised not only to survive but to thrive."

Since the beginning of the campaign's quiet phase in July 2010, Davidson has raised more than $211 million, or almost 50 percent, of the goal.

"It's a great opportunity for Davidson to take a transformative leadership role in higher education," said John McCartney, campaign co-chair and a member of the class of 1974. "I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this exceptional community."

The campaign is led by Quillen, Honorary Chair Ted Baker '57 of Jacksonville, Fla., co-chairs Mauzé of Mill Valley, Calif., and McCartney '74 of Chicago, Ill., and Board of Trustees Chair John Chidsey '83 of Coral Gables, Fla.

The campaign website,, includes features of Davidson game changers, details about the campaign priorities and initiatives, the campaign video, a message from President Quillen and opportunities to recommend game changers who tell the story of Davidson and to support the campaign.

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