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News Release

Contact: Jeri Kornegay

Director of Media and Public Relations


Manchester College sets pace
for fundraising in Indiana

Manchester College is ranked with Indiana’s largest schools for its 2011 fundraising success, according to a recently released national survey. The reason: its new School of Pharmacy, which begins classes in mid-August in a new campus on the north side of Fort Wayne.

In its 2011 survey, the Council for Aid to Education places Manchester fourth in the state for receiving $39.46 million in private donations. Only Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue universities ranked higher and Manchester led the fifth-place school by more than $13 million.

Buoying Manchester in the annual ranking was a $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish the School of Pharmacy.

“We are grateful to the Endowment for its visionary giving that enables Manchester College to build a leading-edge professional doctor of pharmacy degree program and facility in northeast Indiana,” said Michael Eastman, vice president for college advancement. “The grant is helping to inspire significant giving to our $100 million Students First! fundraising campaign and helping to raise awareness of Manchester’s mission to improve the human condition.”

The annual Voluntary Support of Education survey of the nonprofit Council for Aid to Education is the sole national source for empirical data on private giving to higher education in the United States. The Council has managed the survey for more than 50 years. The 2011 survey indicated private contributions to U.S. higher education rose 8.2 percent, with $30.3 billion.

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March 2012