Defining the Future

Defining the Future: Campaign for Saint Mary's College
$1 Million
Surpassing our
$1 Million Goal

The Campaign for Saint Mary’s

It is with tremendous pride that I announce that our Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary’s reached its successful conclusion on December 31, 2019 with approximately $136 million secured from thousands of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff, surpassing our $125 million goal by more than $10 million. This achievement represents a historic accomplishment for the College, and I could not be more proud. 

The Campaign spanned several years and included multiple initiatives, but our work has remained laser-focused on our mission to provide a transformative education for all Saint Mary’s students. Together, we have expanded access to Saint Mary’s life-changing education; constructed new and renovated existing facilities; seeded our Library & Innovation Center with early lead gifts; increased the endowment significantly; and infused the campus with essential annual operating support. At the highest level, Defining the Future has had tremendous impact in four key areas:

  • $28M for scholarships for students who might otherwise not be able to attend Saint Mary’s.
  • $52.8M for capital projects to further enrich our academic and athletic programs.
  • $25.4M support of the College’s endowment, which fortifies our financial strength now and for the future. 
  • $21M for College operations.

Over these past few years, our campus community has worked in partnership to identify funding priorities, build relationships with key philanthropic stakeholders, and secure the necessary financial support to ensure our students have opportunities to find and express their authentic voice. Our spring issue of Saint Mary’s magazine  will highlight additional Campaign outcomes, and I hope you will feel a sense of ownership and pride as you read about the work we have accomplished together. 

I offer my sincere appreciation to each and every one of you for the personal and professional contributions you have made to this effort. Saint Mary’s College is a stronger community because of the success of this Campaign, and our future is bright indeed.


James A. Donahue