September 27, 2023

Carthage launches $100 million fundraising marketing campaign

Carthage Faculty’s campus in Kenosha.

Carthage Faculty is launching a $100 million fundraising marketing campaign to assist broaden its scope past the standard four-year instructional mannequin.

Towards that finish, the marketing campaign – the general public part of which launched Monday – would assist fund the creation of two-year/affiliate diploma, whereas on the identical time supporting the Kenosha faculty’s extra conventional applications by endowing professorships within the liberal arts and sciences.

Funds would additionally present extra entry to monetary support for tuition, internships, and research overseas at Carthage and innovation to rapidly develop new applications and develop present choices in nursing, pre-health, engineering, enterprise, and different high-demand fields.

On the infrastructure facet, {dollars} would assist fund upgrades to the A. F. Siebert Chapel, different amenities and improve athletics and the humanities.

The marketing campaign theme is “Mild That Travels,” pays homage to generations of Carthage alumni.

“Our aspiration is to show extra college students than ever earlier than, from extra backgrounds than ever earlier than, in additional fields than ever earlier than, and to supply a stronger preparation for all times and profession than ever earlier than,” stated Carthage president John Swallow.

At a kickoff dinner on campus in late July, officers introduced that a number of donors have made main, multi-year monetary commitments towards focused areas of want. These embrace a $5 million pledge from 1980 Carthage graduate and present board chair Jeff Hamar and his spouse, Susan, that may fund program innovation. Hamar is the manager chairman, and former president and CEO, of Santa Fe, California-based Galleher LLC, a distributor of flooring and provides.

Sustained development

The marketing campaign comes on the heels of a number of years of sustained development on the faculty. Carthage’s first-year undergraduate enrollment rose 6.6% between 2019 and 2022, and this fall’s incoming class is on tempo to develop into the most important within the faculty’s historical past.

Evaluate that to a 6% decline nationwide over the identical three-year interval, in accordance with information from the Nationwide Pupil Clearinghouse Analysis Middle. The outlook has been equally darkish in Wisconsin, the place incoming courses at most different schools and universities have shrunk — dramatically, in some circumstances.

Snap-on Inc. CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk, a member of the faculty’s board of trustees and chair of the marketing campaign, praised Carthage president Swallow for possessing the perception and imaginative and prescient to revive the hyperlink between “locations of thought” and “locations of labor.”

“John Swallow is a frontrunner,” Pinchuk stated. “He understands what Carthage’s strengths are and the right way to develop them. He has led Carthage to adapt to the present setting. He has led Carthage to be a rising participant on this nice area we maintain so pricey.”