Campaign News

Record Support for Students on Giving Tuesday 2014

December 3, 2014
On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Wesleyan community joined together for a record-setting show of support for students, with more than 2,000 Cardinals making gifts totaling more than $500,000. more...

Roth, Weil Make Second Major Campaign Gift

December 1, 2014
President Michael S. Roth and Professor Kari Weil have made a new six-figure gift to Wesleyan in support of endowment for financial aid, including a provision that royalties from President Roth’s latest book go to financial aid. more...

Giving Tuesday at Wesleyan Supports Students

November 14, 2014
For the second year in a row, on Dec. 2, Wesleyan's annual fund will accept gifts as part of the worldwide Giving Tuesday movement. The Wesleyan experience depends on the consistent annual support of alumni, parents and friends who contribute to the Wesleyan Fund. more...

President Roth Talks Higher Ed with Boger '73, P'06, P'09 and Schulman '82, P'11

November 14, 2014
President Roth joined Joshua Boger '73, P'06, P'09 and Amy Schulman '82, P'11 in Boston for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education. more...

President Roth Talks Higher Ed with Delany '78, Weiner '87 P'18

November 4, 2014
President Michael Roth joined Emmy Award-winning actress Dana Delany '78 and creator and executive producer of 'Mad Men' Matthew Weiner '87, P'18 in Los Angeles for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education. more...

Sustainability Office Project Gives to Financial Aid

October 28, 2014
Student interns and area coordinators support the work of Wesleyan's Sustainability Office, including projects that raise funds for financial aid. more...

Federal Grant Supports DAC Digital Initiative

October 22, 2014
A significant federal grant will support efforts to make works in Wesleyan's Davison Art Center more accessible to students, faculty and the wider world. The $111,173 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will fund digital photography of some of the DAC's permanent collection, beginning in 2015 with Dutch and German "old master" prints. more...

Tom and Lisa Blumenthal P'15 Create $1M Seed Fund to Support Teaching-Learning Innovation

October 13, 2014
Tom and Lisa Blumenthal, parents of Dex '15, made a $1 million family gift as a seed fund for the Center for Pedagogical Innovation and Lifelong Learning (CPI). more...

President Roth Kicks Off Fall Event Series in Chicago

September 17, 2014
To kick off the fall campaign event series, President Roth joined NBC Correspondent John Yang ’80 and author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz ’77 for a lively discussion in Chicago Sept. 11. more...

Freeman Asian Scholars Give Back in an Imaginative Way

August 11, 2014
FASA (the Freeman Asian Scholars Association, which includes current students and alumni) established a scholarship in 2003 that goes each year to a needy international student from outside their own eleven countries. more...

At $349 Million, Cardinals Put Campaign Closer to Goal in Fiscal '14

August 1, 2014
Generous donors gave a total of $44.3 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal 2014. The campaign raised $43.8 million in cash, more than any previous year. And $25 million went directly into the endowment. Currently, giving to the THIS IS WHY campaign stands at $349.3 million toward a goal of $400 million. more...

Cardinals Support Week of Access2Wes

July 1, 2014
Generous Cardinals turned out in force during Access2Wes Week, supporting programs that provide access to a diverse spectrum of students at Wesleyan. more...

Wesleyan Honored by A Better Chance Foundation

June 26, 2014
Wesleyan's years of promoting diversity, inclusion and access were honored June 20 by the A Better Chance Foundation, as President Michael Roth accepted the Benjamin E. Mays award. more...

Whitford '81, Trustees Support Year-End Giving with Matching Gifts

June 20, 2014
As the fiscal year draws to its close June 30, Bradley Whitford '81 and fellow Trustees are promising to match year-end gifts. more...

Class of 2014 Grads Join GOLD Alumni Group

June 16, 2014
Graduating seniors who walked across Denison Terrace during this year's Commencement Ceremony instantly became Wesleyan alumni of the GOLD division (Graduates of the Last Decade). more...

Army Ranger Olivieri One of Ten Posse Foundation Veterans in Class of 2018

June 9, 2014
A veteran of four deployments with the Army Rangers, Andrew Olivieri will join nine other military veterans on campus this fall through Wesleyan's partnership with the Posse Foundation. more...

Giving Week Celebrates Access to Wes

June 2, 2014
June 15-21 is "Access2Wes" week, and will focus on programs and partnerships that drive diversity, access and inclusion at Wesleyan. more...

Vogel '95 Sponsors $1 Million Endowment Gift

April 25, 2014
A partner with ZM Capital, founded by Strauss Zelnick ’79, Andrew Vogel '95 recently sponsored a large gift—$1 million—to the Wesleyan endowment from that firm, generated by one of the investments he had led. more...

Golf Scramble, Mentoring Meet-Up Celebrate Wes Women Athletes

April 24, 2014
The second annual Cardinal Golf Outing to benefit Wesleyan women’s athletics will be held May 12 at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. more...

Thank a Cardinal Day to Recognize Gifts Large and Small

April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, is Thank a Cardinal Day, when every student who comes to Usdan has an opportunity to write brief thanks to alumni, parents and friends who've donated through the Wesleyan Fund in fiscal 2014. A student-run Thank-You table will provide blank cards, pens, and edible inducement. more...

New College of Film Receives $2 Million Challenge Grant from Mellon

April 14, 2014
Wesleyan's College of Film and the Moving Image has been awarded a $2 million challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. more...

Siegel '83 Funds Summer Student Science Research

April 9, 2014
Thanks to an endowment gift from Randy Siegel '83, this summer Elizabeth Paquette '15 will be working on cutting-edge epilepsy research in the lab of Professor Janice Naegele. more...

Center for Prison Education Receives $300,000 Grant from Ford Foundation

April 2, 2014
The Center for Prison Education has received a grant of $300,000 from the Ford Foundation, supporting the continuation of the program which has delivered a Wesleyan education to Connecticut prisons since 2009. more...

GOLD Challenge to Fund Student Directly

March 28, 2014
University Relations has spent March celebrating "Graduates Of the Last Decade" through the GOLD Challenge, a month-long campaign with the goal of $50,000, enough to support a single high-need student for one year. more...

Terry Huffington and Ralph Dittman P'11, '14 Fund Scholarship for Indonesian Students

March 11, 2014
Wesleyan parents Terry Huffington and Ralph Dittman have made a generous new commitment through the Huffington Foundation: $1.2 million to endow the Huffington Freeman Scholarship, which will support high-need students from Indonesia in perpetuity. more...

Heffernan '84 Makes Gift to Help Get Endowment in Competitive Shape

February 18, 2014
Ed Heffernan '84 has been a consistent substantial donor to the Wesleyan Fund and to financial aid for thirty years. This year, on the eve of his thirtieth reunion, Heffernan determined to make a significantly larger commitment: $1.2 million, targeted to the University's endowment. more...

Alumni Create Lasting Impact Through Planned Giving

February 6, 2014
Gifts to Wesleyan of all sizes have a lasting impact; planned giving is especially meaningful to the University. These gifts can also help donors accomplish both retirement and philanthropic goals. more...

$750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant Will Support CFA Programs, Initiatives

January 28, 2014
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts a $750,000 grant to support the Creative Campus Initiative and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. more...

Total Nears $327 Million in University's Multi-Year Fundraising Campaign

January 14, 2014
Scores of Wesleyan alumni gave generously in December 2013, with year-end gifts and pledges of nearly $4 million. The gifts bring the total for Wesleyan's multi-year fundraising campaign to just shy of $327 million. more...

$100,000 Endowment Gift of Rivkin '78 Will Support Women's Athletics

January 10, 2014
Fran Rivkin ’78, a five-sport athlete at Wesleyan, knows first hand the importance of coaching. Her donation of $100,000 will support field hockey, women’s ice hockey, and/or women’s track, providing annual funding toward the cost of coaching interns and assistant coaches, with the initial funding allocated to field hockey. more...

Judson ’64 Makes Endowment Gift Using IRA Rollover Provision

January 8, 2014
Dr. Franklyn Judson '64 took advantage of the current IRA rollover provision to commit the maximum allowable in this planned gift format—$100,000—to the University’s endowment, with no restrictions on how income should be spent. more...

Wesleyan Receives $50,000 NEA Grant to Support Dance, Poetry

December 12, 2013
A $50,000 grant to Wesleyan from the National Endowment for the Arts will support dance programs at the Center for the Arts and poetry initiatives at Wesleyan University Press. more...

Wes Community Gives Back on Giving Tuesday

December 5, 2013
Wesleyan alumni, parents, and seniors came out strong on Giving Tuesday, contributing more than $54,000 to the Annual Fund during the global day of giving back. more...

Center for the Arts Receives $400,000 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant

November 26, 2013
Wesleyan's Center for the Arts is the recipient of a $400,000 grant recognizing the CFA as an innovator and leader among arts organizations. The unsolicited gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is one of five - totaling $3.5 million - given to arts centers around the country. more...

Wesleyan Partners with 92nd Street Y for Giving Tuesday Campaign December 3

November 25, 2013
Launched by the 92nd Street Y in New York as a counterpoint to holiday shopping, Giving Tuesday is a day for people to give back to their world, in dollars, service and time. On that day, Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Wesleyan Fund is conducting a one-day campaign to support our alma mater through contributions. more...

Blue Man Group and Founder Chris Wink '83 Entertain Wesleyan Audience in Boston

November 14, 2013
At Boston's Charles Playhouse, the renowned Blue Man Group presented a special Wesleyan-themed version of their 2013 show—an interactive multimedia experience for audience members of all ages—followed by a talkback with Blue Man co-founder Chris Wink '83. more...

Pollan P'15, Bloom '99 Share 'Table Talk' with San Francisco Alumni

October 22, 2013
Nearly 100 Wesleyan alumni and friends enjoyed an intimate and thought-provoking conversation with two of the nation's foremost voices on food and the food industry: Michael Pollan P'15 and Jonathan Bloom '99. more...

Gifts Help Center for the Humanities Secure $6 Million Endowment

September 17, 2013
Thanks to a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and substantial gifts from generous supporters, Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities has secured $6 million in endowment as it celebrates 54 years of scholarship. more...

Supporters Fund $1.6M Andersen Track Renovation, New Turf Field

September 17, 2013
Wesleyan athletes returning to campus this fall were greeted by a sparkling new artificial turf field and track behind Freeman Athletic Center. The $1.6-million was funded by more than 100 generous supporters. more...

Ted '86 P'16 and Kiki P'16 Kennedy Host Hyannis Port Reception

September 4, 2013
On August 22, Ted '86 P'16 and Kiki P'16 Kennedy hosted a celebratory event to thank some of Wesleyan's generous donors. more...

Frank '78 Gift Will Fund Writing Certificate Program Developed by Anne Greene

July 29, 2013
A gift of more than $2 million from John Frank '78 P'12 and his wife Diann Kim P'12 will fund the Writing Certificate program, which allows students from any major to earn the equivalent of a minor in writing. more...

Bailey '66 Gift Endows Visiting Professorship in College of the Environment

July 25, 2013
A nearly $3 million commitment from Essel Bailey '66 and his wife, Menakka, will endow a visiting professorship in the College of the Environment and bring the COE close to full funding. more...

Fundraising Campaign Hits Milestone

July 1, 2013
Gifts big and little poured in during the last week of June, building on the momentum of the public launch of Wesleyan’s This Is Why campaign to bring the grand total raised to over $304 million. more...

Sica '73 Makes Gift to Endow Athletic Director Position Held by Whalen '83

June 24, 2013
Frank Sica '73, a former trustee who wrestled and played football at Wesleyan, has made a generous commitment to endow the position of athletic director. more...

DC Fundraiser Audience Talks Politics with Hickenlooper '74, Shumlin '79, Bennet '87

June 20, 2013
A crowd of more than 160 Wesleyan alumni, parents, and friends gathered June 19 to “Talk Politics” with three high-profile Wes alums. The event, a fundraiser for financial aid and the annual Brown Lecture, featured a lively discussion among Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper ’74, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin ’79 and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet ’87. more...

Record Reunion Gifts Propel Campaign Total Past $298 Million

May 29, 2013
Record-busting gifts from the classes of 1973 and 1963 pushed the combined reunion gift total to more than $47 million; the class of 1973 with more than $15 million and the 50th Reunion class with more than $10 million led the way as gifts and pledges from all increased the total raised in Wesleyan’s campaign to more than $298 million. more...

Los Angeles Alumni Treated to Intimate Conversation on Politics and Comedy

May 10, 2013
A group of over 100 alumni and guests had the Paramount Theatre on the famed Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood all to themselves for an intimate conversation with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ’74 and Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14 on May 1. more...

$600,000 Gift Announced at New York Fundraiser

May 9, 2013
President Michael Roth delighted an audience of more than 250 alumni and other guests at a New York fundraiser with the surprise announcement of a $600,000 endowment gift for financial aid made by an anonymous donor. more...

Nicholson '88 Makes $115,000 Gift, Credits CSS

April 25, 2013
James Nicholson ’88 credits his immense success in the world of start-up businesses to his Wesleyan experience, particularly the College of Social Studies. more...

$100,000 Reddy Gift Will Support South Asian Arts

April 4, 2013
Glastonbury real estate agent Madhu Reddy’s $100,000 gift to endow the Reddy Fund will provide an ongoing source of funds for the university’s vibrant south Asian arts programs. more...

Video: Five Alumni Share the Reasons Wesleyan is Their Cause

March 30, 2013
Five alumni share the reasons Wesleyan is their cause. more...

Video: President Michael Roth on THIS IS WHY

March 22, 2013
On March 1 President Michael Roth officially launched the public phase of Wesleyan’s $400 million fundraising campaign. more...

Gift from Shapiro ’74, Silverberg ’76 Will Support Writing Programs

March 11, 2013
A $3 million gift to support writing programs at Wesleyan was announced March 1 at the Board of Trustees dinner on campus. more...