The University announced the $255 million campaign total during
event Thursday morning. “This momentous fundraising
effort achieved new and historic levels of success for BGSU,
surpassing the $200 million goal set in July 2014,” said a BGSU
Board of Trustee.
The achievements of the Changing Lives for the World Campaign
are especially poignant against the landscape of a global
pandemic during the last year of the campaign.
“Our donors enthusiastically responded with their support
throughout the campaign,” said BGSU President
Rodney K. Rogers. “Despite the numerous
challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic, BGSU finished
the final year of the campaign at an all-time record, receiving
more outright gifts and commitments in 2020 than at any other
time in our history.
Impact for the future
The campaign has impacted every area of the University with
donor commitments benefiting four campaign priorities:
scholarships, fellowships and student support; colleges, units
and programs; campus master plan and facilities; and
professorships, chairs and faculty support. Of the $255 million
total, $101.7 million was raised for scholarships and student
“The results and momentum of the campaign will allow us to
redefine student success, pursue new academic programs, research
and creative activities, build new partnerships, and create
meaningful engagement that demonstrates the value of a BGSU
education and empower our students to lead meaningful and
productive lives,” Rogers said.
The campaign secured a combination of non-endowed funds for
current use, endowed funds for use in perpetuity and planned
gift commitments to benefit BGSU in the future.
“A comprehensive fundraising campaign is the engine to raise
philanthropic funds that advance an institution’s mission,” said
Pamela Conlin, vice president for University
Advancement and president and CEO of the BGSU
Foundation, Inc. “This campaign is historic in receiving
expansive and generous support for scholarships and initiatives
impacting all areas of the University, demonstrating a broader
commitment to a culture of philanthropy.”
More than 38,000 donors made a combined total of 160,722 gifts
to advance the University during the campaign, demonstrating
their commitment to BGSU’s students and academic future. The
number of gifts received during the Changing Lives Campaign was
more than double the number in the University’s first
comprehensive campaign, Building Dreams, which concluded
in December 2008 having secured $146.5 million in commitments.
More than $166 million of the campaign total came from BGSU
alumni; $44.7 million from friends, faculty and staff of the
University; $36.7 million from corporations and foundations; and
$7.6 million from other organizations.
Members of the Changing Lives for the World Campaign
Committee include: Co-Chairs James L. Bailey ’67, ’18 (Hon.)
and Laurence N. Benz ’84; Honorary Co-Chairs Shantanu Narayen
’86, ’11 (Hon.), Reni Narayen ’86, J. Robert Sebo ’58, ’13
(Hon.) and Linda S. Sebo; and members Linda D. Forte ’74, John
F. Harbal ’72, Paul M. Hooker ’75, Michael J. Marsh ’76, Lee A.
Meserve, Margaret M. Meserve ’94, Bruce K. Misamore ’72, ’73,
Amy T. Shore ’86, Linda A. Watters ’75, Michael R. Wilcox ’75
and R. Max Williamson ’60.
“The Changing Lives for the World Campaign positions BGSU for
its next chapter,” said Rogers, “one that will generate
opportunities to create public good and move the University