Many Dreams, One Mission campaign closes

Chris Anderson
October 15, 2014

Exceeds Targets for Mission-Critical Investments in Students, Faculty and Facilities

Many of the most generous donors of DePaul University gathered on the Lincoln Park Campus Sept. 20 to celebrate the success of the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign, the largest and most successful comprehensive fundraising campaign in DePaul's history. 

Many Dreams, One Mission committee cochairs

"The completion of the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign represents a considerable achievement for our university," said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul, at the closing event. "More important than exceeding our goals is the impact on those we serve. Because of donors like you, young women and men are going to college. They're learning from superb faculty. They're learning in facilities designed to teach them well. Their lives will be changed forever, and they, in turn, will affect the world in ways we cannot even begin to imagine."

The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign launched in May 2010 with an initial goal of $250 million. That goal was met in 2012, spurring DePaul's Board of Trustees to set their sights on reaching the $300 million mark. In the end, the university raised more than $333 million by the official campaign close on June 30, 2014. More than 40,000 donors - 67 percent of them DePaul alumni - made gifts to the campaign. More than 1,100 donors made gifts of $25,000 or more, and the campaign directly expanded the university endowment by almost $155 million.

No single component of the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign was more central to the university's mission than the $100 million goal to build scholarship resources for talented students. Donors made gifts totaling $106 million. Nearly 85 percent of DePaul's students receive financial aid. Campaign gifts to endowed scholarship funds and increased alumni giving assure that institutional scholarship resources grow every year and help support the aspirations of students, their families and their communities into the next generation.         

Supporting Academic Excellence

Gifts to the campaign have and will continue to enable DePaul to create much-needed educational spaces designed to facilitate teaching and learning in highly specialized disciplines: the sciences, liberal arts, and the performing arts.

The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Environmental Science and Chemistry opened its doors in the spring of 2009. As the first high-profile investment of the campaign, the gold-rated LEED building boasts 129,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory space with a rooftop greenhouse - an ideal environment for students in DePaul's environmental science, technology, health care, and science and mathematics education programs to study, learn and grow.

The university designed Arts and Letters Hall, which opened in January 2012, specifically to fit the unique and historic aesthetic of Lincoln Park. The 199,000-square-foot building houses the English and the history of art and architecture departments. It offers 47 classrooms, designated study and lounge areas, a courtyard and a comprehensive computer lab.

In September 2013, The Theatre School opened its brand-new facility in Lincoln Park. The five-story LEED-certified facility was built with the neighborhood in mind and includes a completely transparent north wall that allows passersby a look inside at classes and production work. Costume, makeup, prop and scene shops; rehearsal studios lighting laboratories, and movement studios are among the pre-performance spaces housed in the building. The building also contains the Fullerton Stage, a 250-seat theatre, and the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre, a 100-seat flexible theatre that accommodates eight seating configurations.

Campaign gifts will fund construction of world-class facilities for the School of Music. The 177,000-square-foot structure at Belden and Fullerton will include a 535-seat concert hall, an intimate opera hall, and two recital halls specifically scaled and acoustically designed for the best learning and performance opportunities for students and audiences alike.

The campaign added 15 new endowed professorships in disciplines across the university. Donors made generous gifts to establish faculty positions and provide ongoing support for  research and  scholarly collaboration. Gifts also helped to strengthen renowned legal clinics in the College of Law and create groundbreaking partnerships in the liberal arts and sciences. Gifts connected to DePaul's renowned, mission-integral programs of service learning also helped make it possible for students to deliver more than half a million hours of community service during the 2012-13 school year alone.