Columbia College had the third-best fundrasing year in its 168-year history, a news release from college President Scott Dalrymple said Monday.

The college raised $3.13 million in fiscal 2019, which ended June 30.

The college has raised $11.68 million since July 2017, making it the highest total the school has raised in two consecutive years.

In fiscal 2018, Columbia College set its all time fundraising record of $8.55 million. 

Dalrymple thanked the school's supporters.

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

Gifts will be directed toward student support, scholarships and the school's greatest areas of need, the release said.

Contributions also benefited New Hall, the college’s multi-purpose facility that will serve as the home of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and house 150 students. Construction of that building should be done in August, and a dedication is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 25.

The college recorded 8,132 gifts in 2019, up from 7,316 in 2018. It also had 675 new donors in 2019.

  • Summer 2019 General Assignment Reporter. Spring 2019 Staff Photographer. I'm a graduate student on the photojournalism track. You can reach me at or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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