Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2006 Page: 73
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The Centennial Campaign sits at $107 million as
this academic year comes to a close - $43 million
short of where the university would like to be by the
end of December - said Phil Boone, director of the
Despite the difference, Boone said he is confident
the $150 million goal can be reached by the Dec. 31
deadline that was set more than two years ago.
"We feel very positive," Boone said. "We are certainly
grateful to God for his blessings at this point
to our efforts. We are very grateful for the way alumni
and friends have supported our campaign."
Despite his optimism, Boone said it is possible
the goal will not be met by the year's end.
"We will raise $150 million or more, but it might
not be by Dec. 31" Boone said."When you're working
with people on multimillion-dollar gifts, timing
However, Boone said timing could be on the
university's side, with the campaign deadline coming
"Fall is always an exciting, momentous time as
well as the year-end. \Ve expect to see a big surge
[in giving]," Boone said. "People get excited with the
opening of a fill semester."
He also said he expects more people to give because
time is running out to contribute to the Centennial
Campaign. People who have been intending
to participate in the campaign will realize this is
their last opportunity, he said.
Boone said the $150 million campaign was an
nounced in February 2004 after university administrators
looked at goals, objectives and projects they
wanted to see accomplished and then added up the
projected costs of those projects.
The Centennial Campaign divides into three
categories: $22 million for the annual fund, which
is what helps run the university on a day-to-day
basis; $34 million for capital improvements, which
includes building projects and library acquisitions;
and $94 million for the endowment fund, which
provides reliable income and scholarships for the
university every year through interest.
Boone said the university has prioritized projects
it would like to see funded first in the campaign. Of
the major projects still waiting for funding, Boone
mentioned the new Robert D. and Shirley Hunter
\Velcome Center, which the university would like to
be able to break ground on as soon as possible. About
half of its $14 million price tag has been funded at
this point. He also said the university would like to
raise about $2 million more to complete the Missions
Should the university not be able to reach the
$150 million goal by the end of December, Boone
said the university ->uld push the deadline back into
2007, although he did not speculate on a new date.
"WVe're not ready to discuss deadline alternatives,"
Boone said. "We're still positive and believe we'll
meet our goal:'
By: Jonathan Smith, adapted from the Optimist
Photo by Brian Schmidt
The ACU Convocation Service brought in members from the community and all around the United States for a time of worship
and to celebrate ACU's Centennial birthday.
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