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December 6, 2007


With Time to Spare, Challenging Women
Exceeds Campaign Goal of $225 Million

Bryn Mawr's Challenging Women Campaign surpassed its minimum goal of $225 million on Dec. 3, President Nancy J. Vickers has announced. With nearly a month to go before the campaign closes, "our volunteers and staff are forging ahead through Dec. 31 to continue raising funds for our highest priorities — financial aid, faculty support, and the renovation of Goodhart," Vickers said.

"We're delighted to have met the minimum goal," said Executive Director of Development Martha Dean. "We're continuing to close gifts, and we look forward to bringing the campaign home well over goal."

"This campaign challenged all of the College's alumnae/i and friends to think in a new way about giving and about the resources needed to achieve excellence.  We are enormously grateful to all of those who responded to that challenge, from graduating seniors to a member of the Class of 1924," said Campaign Manager Ruth Lindeborg '80.

"We also owe this success to an incredible team of fundraisers who were deeply committed to making this campaign work, including a dedicated contingent of volunteers led by Campaign Chair Ruth Kaiser Nelson '58 and Vice Chairs Denise Lee Hurley '82 and Catherine Allegra '84," Dean added.

"This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Bryn Mawr," said Vickers, noting that at the campaign's inception, skeptics thought the $225 million goal – nearly three times the size of the previous campaign's total – was too ambitious.

"I'm the one who gets all the congratulatory e-mails, but in fact, it is the accomplishment of many, many people who applied themselves indefatigably to this task," Vickers said as she thanked members of the College's fundraising staff at an informal celebration this week.

"Together, we have worked with our alumnae and friends to transform the fundraising culture of the College, creating a model that we can look forward to reproducing in future campaigns," she said.

An index of that transformation is the dramatic increase in giving to the Annual Fund over the course of the campaign, says Annual Fund Director Lynn Billington.

The Annual Fund's total in the last fiscal year exceeded the fund's total in the last precampaign year by 75 percent, Billington says.

According to Dean, the campaign has spurred a striking increase in the number of donors who make major gifts of $50,000 or more, especially among younger alumnae: "the number of major gifts donated by alumnae who have graduated in the last 25 years was six times the number we received in the last campaign."

Among donors of $100,000 or more, 86 percent made their largest gift ever during the Challenging Women campaign.

"We are especially gratified by the loyalty of our alumnae and the great faith in the future of Bryn Mawr that is illustrated by their generosity," said Director of Individual Giving Sally Harrison '71.

For more news about the campaign and the initiatives it has funded, visit the Challenging Women Web site. To make a gift online, visit the College's secure server at

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