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Saturday, December 23, 2017 1:00 am

Ivy Tech $2.9 million from campaign goal

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne campus is close to realizing its big dream.

The community college has only $2.885 million left to raise for its 10-year Dream Big capital campaign, which seeks to raise $46.9 million by 2020, according to totals as of late November.

The remaining balance is down from about $9 million in October 2015, when Ivy Tech publicly announced the effort after silent fundraising efforts.

Recent successes include in-kind gifts at about $3 million, $1.365 million in planned giving and the annual fundraiser, “A Reason to Taste,” which raised nearly $92,000, school spokesman Andrew Welch said in an email.

Much of the remaining balance is expected to come from individual, foundation and corporate asks, he said.

Every academic program is planned to benefit from the campaign, but a strong emphasis is on areas that will greatly serve and enhance the region's workforce – hospitality administration, advanced manufacturing and health care.

Student success and engagement, early childhood education and liberal arts and sciences will also benefit.

Ivy Tech isn't waiting for 2020 to spend the money.

“Some funds have been expended and others are being saved for the right time when enough has been raised for specific initiatives,” Welch said.

For example, he said, Old National Bank is donating $61,000 over three years toward the new greenhouse. Academic programs have also gotten in-kind equipment donations, such as a diesel truck from JAT of Fort Wayne in 2016, he said.

“This paved a path to begin offering the diesel heavy truck courses, and a stand-alone program of diesel technology begins in the spring 2018 semester,” he said.

He noted the Ivy Tech Titans baseball program is not part of the Dream Big campaign. It instead is relying on private donations and a crowdfunding effort. About $25,800 had been raised as of Nov. 20, he said.

To make a donation to the Dream Big campaign, contact Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development, at 260-480-2010 or msturm7@ivytech.edu. Donations are also accepted online at IvyTech.edu/giving. Click “Give Now,” then “Fort Wayne.”

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