Saint Anselm College Launches $70 Million Faith in the Future Capital Campaign

June 11, 2018

By Michelle Adams O'Regan

On June 7, Saint Anselm College launched the public phase of a $70 million capital campaign, the largest philanthropic effort in the institution’s 129-year history. “Faith in the Future: The Campaign for Saint Anselm College” is designed to strategically move the college forward by building on the foundations laid by a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts mission and tradition.

Faith in the Future has five fundraising priorities:

Faith in our Mission strengthens distinctive programs such as the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the new Center for Ethics in Business and Governance.

Faith in our Community bolsters signature programs such as the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and our International and Study Abroad programs.

Faith in our Faculty and Students supports student scholarships, endowed chairs, faculty and student research programs, and the new Gregory J. Grappone ’04 Humanities Institute.

Faith in our Hilltop Home funds the renovation and expansion of our buildings such as the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, our learning environment and classrooms, and our athletic facilities.

And finally, Faith in Saint Anselm Today focuses on the college’s annual fund, The Saint Anselm Fund, which provides immediate support to every aspect of an Anselmian education.

The Campaign Steering Committee is chaired by trustee Richard J. Meelia ’71 HD ’14, with participation from President Steven R. DiSalvo and trustees Ann Catino ’82, Robert Connor, Christine Douville ’86, Kenneth Goodchild ’69, Kevin Gould ’76, James Hauser ’91, Roger Jean ’70 HD ’06, Frank Pfeffer ’76, and Joanne Pietrini Smith ’85.

Faith in the Future will allow us to compete for the highest-caliber faculty and students, and offer students the best learning environment where they can learn to think critically, grow spiritually, and lead ethically,” said Joanne Pietrini Smith ’85, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Our students will continue to go forth to lead lives of meaning and to work to transform the world for the better. This is one of the many steps we are taking to engage the entire Anselmian family in building the future of the college.”

During the quiet phase of the campaign, 15 benefactors made gift commitments of $1 million or more, including the largest individual gift in the history of the college made by Roger and Francine Jean. Thanks to alumni, trustees, monastic community, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who have also contributed, a total of $59.2 million has been donated toward the goal of $70 million, including:

  • $8.2 million dollars for the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex – more than 50% of the total cost of the project.
  • $19.2 million dollars for endowed scholarship funds and $3.2 million for endowed faculty chairs, part of $30 million dollars committed to the college’s endowment.  
  • Over $2.6 million for the College’s Institutes and Centers, including a $1 million commitment for the Gregory J. Grappone, Class of 2004, Humanities Institute and $1 million for the Meelia Center for Community Engagement.  
  • Over $18 million to the Saint Anselm Fund, the college’s annual fund which helps support student financial aid, academics, student life, and athletics.

“Being part of the Faith in the Future Campaign, from the planning stages until tonight, has been the perfect way for me and some other early participants in the campaign to express gratitude for all that Saint Anselm has provided us and to express faith in all that we hope the college will achieve in the future,” said Rich Meelia, campaign chair and namesake of the college’s Meelia Center for Community Engagement, now located in a beautiful new space in the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex.

The kickoff event thanking donors was held in the newly opened Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, and on June 9 during Reunion Weekend, President DiSalvo gave a community talk on Faith in the Future, where he encouraged attendees to participate in the campaign to show their faith in Saint Anselm students today and tomorrow:

“We must keep the momentum going. Our students believe that they can move mountains and change the world. We can do no less than to show our faith in them, and in our future, by making sure that Saint Anselm College is always here for them, and for generations to come, a place where faith meets understanding and lives are transformed for the better.”

Faith in the Future will conclude on June 30, 2020.

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