When the “Imagine the Possible” fundraising campaign started in 2017 with a goal to raise $32 million in three years, no one imagined just how successful the effort would be. As of March 22, 2022, the campaign has raised $92,385,081.
“We’ve been making history at Millersville University since the campaign began,” said Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University. “As the first fundraising campaign in our history focused entirely on students, the response has been nothing short of amazing.”
An example of making history came in February when the Millersville University community generously supported student success during a record-breaking One Day Give fundraising event. In just 16 hours the University received 2,139 gifts totaling $743,839 to benefit Millersville University students and programs.
The Imagine the Possible campaign areas include scholarships, student learning experiences, Marauder athletics and campus revitalization.
Timeline for Imagine the Possible:
- July 1, 2017 – 3-year campaign begins with goal of $32 million
- June 11, 2020 – campaign hits $44.8 million (140% to goal) and is extended
- March 31, 2022 – campaign tops $92 million
- June 30, 2023 – campaign will conclude
“While topping $90 million is a historic moment, our fundraising efforts will continue so we can provide vital support for our students still in need of assistance,” says Victor Ramos, vice president for advancement. “This outstanding accomplishment was made possible by the contributions of the Millersville University community of alumni, students, parents, current and former employees, and friends, and we are truly grateful for this outpouring of support.”
“We are looking forward to the next 15 months as we work toward the conclusion of the campaign on June 30, 2023,” says Wubah. “Through the tremendous generosity of our community, the opportunities for Millersville University students to imagine the possible continue to grow, and the achievements of our students are exceeding the imagination. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in making this remarkable progress possible.”
For information on the Imagine the Possible campaign, visit https://imagine.millersville.edu/.
Contributors to the Imagine the Possible Campaign
Here are a few of the top contributors to the campaign:
Dr. Samuel Lombardo and his wife Dena have been supporters of Millersville University for many years. During the campaign, their gifts topped $8 million. The Lombardo College of Business was created due to their generosity and soon Brooks Hall will be transformed into the Samuel N. and Dena M. Lombardo Hall.
Liselotte Wehrheim ’74, who died in 2019, left the University $4.2 million, the largest single gift in the University’s history. The Wehrheim School of Nursing was created in her memory.
Lois Morgan ’54 gave a record-setting $1.5 million gift in 2021 – the largest single gift in the history of Millersville Athletics – toward a three-phase renovation of Biemesderfer Stadium to become the Morgan Athletic Complex.