Residential Life Project Update
The Pitzer College residence life construction project is progressing according to plan, with completion slated for late June 2007 and first occupancy scheduled for the beginning of the Fall 2007 semester.
Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant
The Kresge Foundation has awarded Pitzer College a Challenge Grant of $750,000 for the new residence halls being constructed next to Gold Student Center. In order to secure these funds, the College must raise the balance of its $19 million goal ($2.6 million) by July 1, 2007.
It is widely recognized that a Kresge Foundation grant is not only one of the most prestigious, but also the most difficult, to obtain. The Kresge Foundation is a national private foundation with $3 billion in assets that was created through the personal gifts of Sebastian S. Kresge in 1924. Through its grant-making programs, the Foundation seeks to strengthen nonprofit organizations by catalyzing their growth, connecting them to their stakeholders, and challenging greater support through grants. The Foundation’s core grant-making activity is its Capital Challenge Grants program, which focuses on opportunities to strengthen leadership and giving through challenge grants for capital projects such as construction and renovation of facilities, acquisition of property and purchase of equipment.
Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, indicated, “With the aid of this challenge grant, we hope that your campaign can become an even more strategic opportunity for you to connect with your stakeholders and reach out to new donors, volunteers, participants, and the general community. Your compelling plan to sustain the high levels of giving after the campaign concludes will help strengthen your organization well into the future.”
To help the College meet the Kresge challenge you may give online at www.pitzer.edu/giving, through the Brick Campaign at www.pitzer.edu/rlp/bricks.asp, or by calling the Office of Advancement at (909) 621-8130.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Board Meeting
On September 22, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations conducted their board meeting on the Pitzer campus, had lunch with the Claremont undergraduate college presidents and the CUC chief executive officer, toured the campuses and participated in an evening reception and dinner at the Pomona president’s house. Executive Director Jonathan T. Howe wrote to President Laura Skandera Trombley that the “Board left with a much deeper understanding for Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges.” The Foundations have been a steadfast, long-term supporter of Pitzer and the other colleges and came here in order to reinvigorate their appreciation of the unique Claremont consortial arrangement as well as each college’s distinctive characteristics.