Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary's Comprehensive Campaign exceeded its fundraising goal, as nearly 30,000 donors—a participation record—raised $136 million.

A Message From the President

Two years ago, we launched the public phase of Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary’s with an audacious goal: to raise $125 million to invest in academic excellence, support student scholarships, strengthen our Lasallian Catholic mission, and fund operations.

This goal far exceeded that of any previous fundraising campaign at the College. We knew the outcome would define the College’s future possibilities. Success wasn’t guaranteed, but we had faith in you: faith that our alumni and friends, students and parents, and faculty and staff would rise to meet the challenge.

By the Campaign’s end on Dec. 31, 2019, nearly 30,000 donors—a participation record—had contributed almost $11 million more than our goal. This historic accomplishment positions Saint Mary’s College to become the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the Western United States. It reaffirms the value of our core traditions—Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts—while it supports academic transformations that respond to the evolving needs of our students. For years to come, students will enter this College to find their voices and their vocations, and leave prepared for a lifetime of service to family, community, nation, and world. 

On the following pages, we celebrate the promise of our students, the success of key initiatives, and the commitment of our donors. I am proud of the tremendous outpouring of support for Saint Mary’s College, and I am deeply thankful to each of you for the Campaign’s success.


President James A. Donahue




Nearly 30,000 donors contributed


$136 million

By the Numbers