Class Challenge for the Library!

By The Black Knight

$54,585
Donated
54% of $100,000 goal
446
Donors
This campaign ended on December 01, 2015, but you can still make a gift to Baltimore City College by clicking here!
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CSX Corporation photoCSX Corporation matched $5,000
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An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $250 because $500 was donated in 1 day

An Anonymous DonorJeff Blum gave $500 because $500 was donated in 12 days

An Anonymous DonorBenjamin Rosenberg gave $500 because $1,500 was donated in 1 day

An Anonymous DonorHoward G. Sholl, Jr - 1962 gave $500 because $500 was donated in 5 days
Incentives
Generate 3 Gifts
Only 18 left!
Use the link on the Advocates tab to generate at least 3 donations and you will receive an exclusive set of Greg Otto notecards with the Castle on the Hill on the front.

Generate 50 Gifts
Use the link on the Advocates tab to generate at least 50 donations and your name will be permanently recognized on the giving wall in the new library.

Generate 500 Gifts
Only 5 left!
Use the link on the Advocates tab to raise at least $500 and you'll receive a shout out at the library opening ceremony.

Generate $2,500
Use the link on the Advocates tab to raise at least $2,500 and your name will be permanently recognized on the giving wall in the new library.

Donate $10
None Left!
Give at least $10 and receive a City Ear Warmer courtesy of Tina Jordan C/O 85 and Vivid Threads! Perfect gift for a City Knight and just in time for Homecoming.

Donate $10
Only 33 left!
Give at least $15 and you will receive a $5 coupon to PrintWorks to help pay for City College merchandise. This is a $5 value. Note: selecting this incentive will reduce the tax deduction available from your gift by $5.

Donate $10
For your generous gift of $10 or more, we will purchase a traditional book for the new library and place your name on a sticker on the inside cover.

Donate $10
For your generous gift of $10 or more, we will purchase an e-book for the new library and place your name on the library website.

Donate $10
None Left!
Give at least $10 and receive a City Knit Hat courtesy of Tina Jordan C/O 85 and Vivid Threads! Perfect gift for a City Knight and just in time for Homecoming.

Donate $15
None Left!
Give at least $15 and you will receive a limited edition Torch Burning Bright campaign t-shirt. Note: selecting this incentive will reduce the tax deduction available from your gift by $10.

Donate $20
None Left!
Give at least $20 and receive a City Ear Warmer and Scarf Set courtesy of Tina Jordan C/O 85 and Vivid Threads! Perfect gift for a City Knight and just in time for Homecoming.

Donate $25
None Left!
Give at least $25 and receive a City Hat and Glove Set courtesy of Tina Jordan C/O 85 and Vivid Threads! Perfect gift for a City Knight and just in time for Homecoming.

Donate $30
Only 1 left!
Give at least $30 and you will receive a free ticket to the City-Poly game. Limit, one per person. Note: selecting this incentive will reduce the tax deduction available from your gift by $5.

Donate $35
None Left!
Give at least $35 and receive a City Throw Blanket and Hat Set courtesy of Tina Jordan C/O 85 and Vivid Threads! Perfect gift for a City Knight and just in time for Homecoming.

Donate $100
None Left!
Give at least $100 and you will receive an exclusive Baltimore City College bow tie from J. Logan Neckwear. Note: selecting this incentive will reduce the tax deduction available from your gift by $60.

Donate $500
For your generous gift of $500 or more, you will be recognized by name permanently on the giving wall in the new library.
About

The Torch Burning Bright campaign seeks to build a new library and academic center at Baltimore City College. The campaign is the most aggressive and ambitious fundraising campaign in the school's history. The phrase “Torch Burning Bright” comes from the school song, “Castle on the Hill” from the line, “May her torch burn ever bright." The torch is a metaphor for the enlightenment and knowledge that students earn at the school and pass on to future generations. Therefore, this campaign is also about passing on something to future generations -- a school that has a 21st century library equipped with the resources necessary for college preparation.  

We launched the campaign in January 2015 with a goal of raising $2.0 million. So far we've raised $1.8 million. Our goal for this campaign on GiveCampus is to raise $100,000 by December 1st. 

Click to view the full plan for the new library

In support of these goals, we are challenging each City class to raise $2,500 and/or secure donations from 25 members of their class. Each class that meets this challenge will be recognized on the library's donor wall--and the classes that raise the most money and secure the most donations will be honored at the opening ceremony for the library!

Alumni, parents, and community members are encouraged to make gifts in honor of their loved ones that are attending or have attended City College. When making a gift you can "Honor" an individual or a graduation year.

For more information about the campaign visit citycollegelibrary.org. 

Prefer to make a gift by mail? Don't worry, it will still count toward the challenge. Just make your check out to the Fund for Educational Excellence, designate "BCC Library" in the memo section of the check, and send it to 800 North Charles Street, Suite 400, Baltimore, MD 21201. 

The Fund for Educational Excellence (“The Fund”) is the fiscal sponsor for Torch Burning Bright: The BCC Library Campaign. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to improve achievement for all students in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools). It works side-by-side with City Schools providing invaluable support for many of the district’s most important reform initiatives. The organization’s mission is to secure the financial, human, and knowledge resources necessary to support policy and practice resulting in increased achievement for Baltimore City Public Schools students. All contributions are tax-deductible unless otherwise noted. 

Updates
Center for Teaching and Learning Midyear Report

Dear Supporter, 


On September 22, 2016 we celebrated the grand opening of our new Center for Teaching and Learning - a 13,000 square foot space that includes the Joseph Meyerhoff Library, Doetsch Hall, the Cordish Technology Center, and three peer tutoring centers including the Reed Math and Science Center, and the Writing Center. 


At the midway point of the year, our students sat down to reflect on what the new space has meant to them. We are excited to share their reflections today.


Click here to read our midyear report.


The Center for Teaching and Learning was made possible by you! With over 1,000 gifts and over $2.2 million in contributions -- 72% of which were private dollars and 60% of which were alumni dollars -- this was truly a community effort. 


The new space continues to be the hub of activity on campus, with over 10,000 visits since the grand opening. Thank you for making this possible!

2468 days ago by The Black Knight
Join us to celebrate!

Dear Supporters,

On Monday our new library opened to the student body. With the first student that entered the space the impact and purpose of your support was celebrated. 

Now, we hope you will join us on September 22 in the new space to join the celebration. Thank you for making this possible for our students, for our school, and for our future. 

Please RSVP at citycollegelibrary.org/opening

2655 days ago by The Black Knight
Tax Letter

As the year comes to a close and you prepare to file your taxes we want to make sure you have your tax letter for your gift to our campaign. 

As you may recall, in order to make giving to our campaign as easy as possible we did not require your mailing address. However, if you would like to receive your tax letter we will need this information. Please complete this form to provide us with your information: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11E7B7WZfSBkdTkGl3...

Anyone that submits a mailing address and phone number by 2pm today will receive a phone call from one our students thanking you for your gift. 

Thank you for all of your support! 

2923 days ago by The Black Knight
Thank you! The results are in!

Thank you!

Thank you all for making the Class Challenge such a great success! With your help we received 446 gifts and raised $54,585 toward the furniture, technology, and books we need for the new library. 

The Results

The parents and students of the Class of 2018, the current sophomore class, received more gifts than any other class with 70 gifts. The Class of 1964 received 44 gifts, which was the most among all alumni classes. And, the Class of 1965 raised more money than any other class as they brought home $33,218 in the year of their 50th reunion. The full score board is below, with the classes that have earned their way onto the giving wall highlighted in green. 

Stay in Touch

While the Class Challenge is over, our campaign is not. Stay in touch with us through our website, citycollegelibrary.org, Facebook, citycollegelibrary.org/facebook, and Twitter, twitter.com/renovatebcclib.

Thank you all again! City Forever! 

2928 days ago by The Black Knight
We've been challenged! Less than 5 hours to go!

With less than 5 hours left to go on GivingTuesday we have $203 left to raise in order to activate a $500 challenge gift! Tell your friends and classmates to pitch in now before it's too late! citycollegelibrary.org/challenge

2929 days ago by The Black Knight
Giving Tuesday & Score Board

Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, which means that tonight at midnight our class challenge will end. If anyone is willing to offer a matching gift or a challenge gift to help encourage participation through the end of the day please go to citycollegelibrary.org/challenge and click the button that says "Offer a Matching Donation" or "Offer a Challenge." If you are considering making another gift, please consider making it in the form of a match or a challenge. No amount is too small.

Social Media

Please post the following image to your social media pages to help encourage classmates to make a gift today. This is it. This is your classmates last chance to prove their class is the best. They need to step up, and they need to step up today! 

Score Board

Heading into our final day, here's what the score board looks like. Congratulations to all the new additions to the giving wall! The classes of 1957, 1999, and 2006 are so close! Will they make it onto the wall by the end of the day?! Remember, to earn your way onto the wall your class must raise $2,500 or receive 25 gifts. Today is the FINAL day of the class challenge. 

Good luck, and have fun this Giving Tuesday!

City Forever!

2929 days ago by The Black Knight
11.29.15 - Important end of campaign updates

Remarkable

Isn't it remarkable that we've received over 400 gifts and over $50,000 in small dollar donations since we joined GiveCampus?! 

Giving Tuesday

This Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, which will mark the end of our Class Challenge. If anyone is willing to offer a matching gift or challenge gift to help encourage participation through the end of the campaign please go to citycollegelibrary.org/challenge and click the button that says "Offer a Matching Donation" or "Offer a Challenge." 

We have had unbelievable success with these matches and challenges in the past. We could really benefit from having even more through the end of the campaign. So if you are considering making another gift, please consider making it in the form of a match or a challenge. No amount is too small. 

Social Media 

Please post the following image to your social media pages to help encourage classmates to make a gift. 

Giving Wall: Class of 2001, you're next! 

The class of 2001 is now just four gifts away from earning their way onto the giving wall. Will they make it before the class challenge ends Tuesday night?

Here's the current score board: 

New School/Old School

In the New School vs. Old School competition, Old School is still crushing New School by a margin of 28 to 5.

Remember to watch the student's video about New School vs. Old School here: http://gvcmp.us/p3luae and share with your friends.

Want to cast your vote? Select "New School" or "Old School" from the incentive menu when making your gift to vote for whether you think there should be more e-books (New School) or "real" books (Old School) in the new library.

T-Shirts & other incentives

If you did not pick up your incentive from the City-Poly game earlier this month please pick it up at the school or send me your mailing address so we can mail it to you in December. My e-mail is JD.Merrill@baltimorecitycollege.us.

Volunteer

We have only been able to get this far in our campaign thanks to dedicated volunteers. And we will only be able to finish this campaign with your help. Please take a moment to read http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/volunteerguide to see how you can help spread the word to your peers.

And remember to encourage friends to make their gift online at citycollegelibrary.org/challenge. This link forwards people to our GiveCampus page. 

Thank you all for your incredible support!

City Forever!

2931 days ago by The Black Knight
11.24.15 - Score Board, New School/Old School, Giving Tuesday, Incentives, Volunteer

Congratulations, Class of 1993!

With a flurry of activity yesterday the Class of 1993 earned their way onto the giving wall and in doing so helped us push past $50,000 raised since partnering with GiveCampus. Tremendous work everyone!

Now who wants to join '93 on the wall? 

Remember, in order to earn your way onto the giving wall your class has to receive 25 gifts or $2,500 in donations. Some of your classes are very close!

Here's the current score board:

Encourage friends to make their gift online at citycollegelibrary.org/challenge. This link forwards people to our GiveCampus page. 

New School/Old School

In the New School vs. Old School competition, Old School is still crushing New School by a margin of 27 to 4.

Remember to watch the student's video about New School vs. Old School here: http://gvcmp.us/p3luae and share with your friends.

Want to cast your vote? Select "New School" or "Old School" from the incentive menu when making your gift to vote for whether you think there should be more e-books (New School) or "real" books (Old School) in the new library.

Giving Tuesday Match or Challenge

Next Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, which will mark the end of our Class Challenge. If anyone is willing to offer a matching gift or challenge gift to help encourage participation on Giving Tuesday please send me an e-mail at JD.Merrill@baltimorecitycollege.us. 

T-Shirts & other incentives

If you did not pick up your incentive from the City-Poly game earlier this month please pick it up at the school or send me your mailing address so we can mail it to you in December. My e-mail is JD.Merrill@baltimorecitycollege.us.

Volunteer

We have only been able to get this far in our campaign thanks to dedicated volunteers. And we will only be able to finish this campaign with your help. Please take a moment to read http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/volunteerguide to see how you can help spread the word to your peers.

Thank you all for your incredible support!

City Forever!

2936 days ago by The Black Knight
11.23.15 - Update

Score Board

We have raised $49,990 from 390 donors since we launched the Class Challenge. So far 12 graduating classes have earned their way onto the giving wall. But with only a little over a week left to go in the challenge this is the last chance for your class to earn it's way onto the giving wall in the new library. 

Right now the Class of 1993 is only 1 gift short of it's goal and the Class of 1957 is only $230 short. Who will be the next class to join the giving wall? Will it be 1993, 1957, or will we see another class surge in the final days to earn their place in City College history. 

New School/Old School

In the New School vs. Old School competition, Old School is still crushing New School by a margin of 25 to 4.

Remember to watch the student's video about New School vs. Old School here:http://gvcmp.us/p3luae and share with your friends.

Want to cast your vote? Select "New School" or "Old School" from the incentive menu when making your gift to vote for whether you think there should be more e-books (New School) or "real" books (Old School) in the new library. 

Volunteer

We have only been able to get this far in our campaign thanks to dedicated volunteers. And we will only be able to finish this campaign with your help. Please take a moment to read http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/volunteerguide to see how you can help spread the word to your peers.

Thank you all for your incredible support!

City Forever!

2937 days ago by The Black Knight
11.16.15 - Update

Score Board

We would like to congratulate the Class of 1995 for joining the donor wall in the new library by reaching their 25th gift! 

Remember, if your class receives 25 gifts or raises $2,500 we will honor your class on the donor wall in the new library. It looks like the Class of 1993 or 1957 might be next!

You can see the full score board below: 

New School/Old School

In the New School vs. Old School competition Old School is still crushing New School by a margin of 22 to 4.

Remember to watch the student's video about New School vs. Old School here: http://gvcmp.us/p3luae and share with your friends.

Want to cast your vote? Select "New School" or "Old School" from the incentive menu when making your gift to vote for whether you think there should be more e-books (New School) or "real" books (Old School) in the new library. 

Volunteer

We have only been able to get this far in our campaign thanks to dedicated volunteers. And we will only be able to finish this campaign with your help. Please take a moment to read http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/volunteerguide to see how you can help spread the word to your peers.

Thank you all for your incredible support!

City Forever!

2944 days ago by The Black Knight
11.10.15 - Campaign Update, Score Board, and New School vs. Old School

Wow! We've had quite a few days! First on Friday night we were staked out at the All Class Reunion and then Saturday we had a massive volunteer army battling the elements to collect donations at the City-Poly game. All in all we raised over $2,000 in small dollar gifts over the weekend. 

Then yesterday, after we sent out the campaign update we saw another huge outpouring of support. If you missed the campaign update you can check it out here: http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=239f2be7d70f0...

Score Board

As you saw in the update, we are now counting all gifts made over the course of the entire library campaign toward the class challenge. This means that the Class of 1964 is in the lead for most gifts with 44 and the Class of 1965 is in the lead for most raised with $33,163.40. We now have 11 classes that have earned their way onto the giving wall.

The classes of 1993 and 1995 look to be well positioned to be the next classes to join the giving wall, with only two gifts to go for each. You can see the full score board below. 

New School/Old School

In the New School vs. Old School competition Old School is crushing New School by a margin of 20 to 4.

Remember to watch the student's video about New School vs. Old School here: http://gvcmp.us/p3luae and share with your friends. 

Want to cast your vote? Select "New School" or "Old School" from the incentive menu when making your gift to vote for whether you think there should be more e-books (New School) or "real" books (Old School) in the new library. 

Volunteer

We have only been able to get this far in our campaign thanks to dedicated volunteers. And we will only be able to finish this campaign with your help. Please take a moment to read http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/volunteerguide to see how you can help spread the word to your peers. 

Thank you all for your incredible support! 

City Forever!

2950 days ago by The Black Knight
11.06.15 - New School/Old School, Score Board & City-Poly Game

New School/Old School

The results are in from our first day of the New School vs. Old School competition and Old School is in the lead by five gifts! Remember to select "New School" or "Old School" from the incentive menu when making your gift to vote for whether you think there should be more e-books (New School) or "real" books (Old School) in the new library. And don't forget to share the students fun video about New School vs. Old School with your friends and family: http://gvcmp.us/p3luae.

Score Board

All together we received over 20 gifts yesterday and two classes - 1964 and 1984 - continued to battle it out for most gifts made, alternating in the lead over the course of the day. Ultimately, 1964 took the lead back from 1984 and now maintains a two gift advantage over them. There was also impressive turnouts from the Classes of 1995, 1993, 1959 and 1957. Through their efforts the Class of 1959 extended their dollar lead. 

You can see the full score board at citycollegelibrary.org/facebook. 

City-Poly Game

Tomorrow is the 127th playing of "The Game" at M&T Bank Stadium. Tickets are available for a discounted rate in advance at the All Class Reunion tonight at the school from 6-9pm and they will also be available for purchase at the gate. This year City is on the North side which means that we should enter the stadium through Gate A just off of Hamburg Street. We will have a table outside gate A with a big library banner so you can't miss us. We hope you will stop by and say hello. 

Also, if you selected a free City-Poly ticket as your incentive when making a gift (which we are now all sold out of!), or you earned one through your advocacy, you will pick your ticket up at the game from our table.

If you have any questions send JD.Merrill@baltimorecitycollege.us an e-mail! 

Have a great day, and as always, City Forever!

2954 days ago by The Black Knight
New School vs. Old School/E-books vs. "Real" Books

Dear Supporters -


This is Max Janes '18 and Sicily Kolbeck '18, both sophomores at City and current student co-chairs of the library campaign.

At our last fundraising committee meeting we had an interesting discussion: Do we fill the new library with more e-books or with more "real" books?

We thought the question was too good for us to keep to ourselves. City students even made a little video about it. You can watch it here: http://gvcmp.us/p3luae.

So, we want to know what you think. Here’s how to vote:

New School: E-books

Make a gift of at least $10, select “New School” as the incentive when making your gift, and we’ll purchase an e-book in your honor and post your name on our library webpage as a book donor.

Vote for New School at http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/newschool

Old School: "Real" Books

Make a gift of at least $10, select “Old School” as the incentive when making your gift, and we’ll purchase a "real" book in your honor and place your name on a sticker on the inside cover.

Vote for Old School at http://www.citycollegelibrary.org/oldschool

The amount we raise will determine the number of books, both e- and "real", that go into the new library. It’s all up to you!

We'll be posting updates at citycollegelibrary.org/facebook so be sure to check on our progress. And feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends to get them on your side!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Sincerely & City Forever!

Max & Sicily 

2955 days ago by The Black Knight
11.04.15 - Score Board & Music Video

Score Board

Yesterday the Class of 1993 received 5 gifts, bringing them into second place for the most gifts, just behind the Class of 1964 and the Class of 1984 who are in a tie for the lead. The Class of 1959 is still in the lead for most money given.

Music Video

We have to tip our hat in awe of Von Vargas, Class of 1995, who worked with his team to produce an incredible music video, which is sure to pump you up for Saturday's game. Check it out here: citycollegelibrary.org/getup and encourage your classmates to #GetUp for the library campaign. 

2956 days ago by The Black Knight
Famous Alumni, City-Poly Tickets, Volunteer, and Score Board

Famous Alumni

Yesterday the Baltimore Sun posted a gallery in advance of the City-Poly game with famous alums from both schools. Take a look at our gallery, which you will see is impressive, but is far from being a comprehensive list. 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bal-city-college-high-school-alumni-photogallery.html

City-Poly Tickets

If you selected a free City-Poly ticket as your incentive when making a gift, or you earned one through your advocacy, you will pick your ticket up at the game from the library campaign's table. We will be located outside of the City side entrance gate. 

We will have a big banner hanging from our tent that looks like this. Hopefully we will be hard to miss!

We will also have the apparel incentives at our table for you to pick up if you selected one. Any incentives that are not picked up at the game will be mailed to you. If you have any questions please e-mail JD.Merrill@baltimorecitycollege.us directly or if you know that you cannot attend the game and will need your incentive mailed please e-mail JD.Merrill@baltimorecitycollege.us and include your mailing address in the body of the e-mail. Do you expect to receive your incentive until December. 

Volunteer

As you know, this campaign is a 100% volunteer effort. We are relying on the good will of our community to make this happen. As such, we are looking for volunteers to support the campaign at the City-Poly game at M&T Bank Stadium this Saturday November 7th. 

Volunteers will help spread awareness about the campaign before, during, and after the game. If you are interested in signing up for a 2 hour volunteer shift please complete this brief sign up form: http://goo.gl/forms/8VXysp6Zg8. You will have a choice to serve inside the stadium, outside the stadium, or at the nearby tailgate. 

Thank you for your support! 

Score Board

Yesterday we saw a huge surge in gifts thanks to a last minute effort to meet the challenge offered by an anonymous alum to raise $500 in 24 hours in order to receive $250. While many classes stepped up, it was the Classes of 1995 and 1999 that really came out in force and enabled us to hit the $500 mark within 24 hours. You can see the full score board below:

We have now raised over $33,000 in the last month, but we still have a ways to go before we will have raised enough to fully outfit the new library with the furniture, books, and technology our students need. You can continue to support us by offering a match, offering a challenge, making a gift, and spreading the word about citycollegelibrary.org/challenge.

Thank you! City Forever!

2957 days ago by The Black Knight
We've been challenged! 14 hours to go!

We have received a challenge to raise $500 in the next 14 hours. If we are successful, the anonymous alum will make a gift of $250! This means by the end of today we could have raised $750!

Help spread the word to friends, family, and classmates and encourage them to make a gift to support our school and help us meet this challenge!

citycollegelibrary.org/challenge

2958 days ago by The Black Knight
Week 4 - Score Board

Over the last few days the Class of 2001 has received a flurry of gifts, but the Class of 1984 is still leading the way with most number of gifts. The Class of 1964 is close behind them, however. And, with just one week to go, the Class of 1959 still has the lead for most money raised.

Offer a challenge, a match, or make a gift today at citycollegelibrary.org/challenge and help your class pull away!

2959 days ago by The Black Knight
[Video] Baltimore Sun: Fall foliage on display at City College

Fall colors are peaking in the city as trees turn bright colors of orange and red. Baltimore Sun videographer Karl Merton Ferron takes a look at the brilliant display of color on City College's campus in this stunning video:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/weather/bal-fall-...

If this video makes you proud, then please share it with your friends and families. Remind them that we have a plan to mirror the beauty of our campus and our Castle within our new library. Encourage everyone you know to make a gift at citycollegelibrary.org/challenge to help make this vision a reality. 

City Forever! 

2962 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 30 - Score Board & Challenge!

The decade of the '90s continues to see a surge in giving. Yesterday, nearly 70% of all gifts received were from the '90s.

That said, the Class of 1984 is still in the lead for most number of gifts and the Class of 1959 is still in the lead for most raised, but '84 is sneaking back up on them, now down by less than $200.

Additionally, yesterday we were challenged by Jeff Blum '64! His challenge is that if we raise $500 in the next 12 days he will make a contribution of $500. Let's meet his challenge!

To make a gift, offer a match, or offer a challenge please visit citycollegelibrary.org/challenge.

2963 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 29 - Score Board

Yesterday, there was a moment when the Class of 1984 and the Class of 1964 were tied for most gifts, but the Class of 1984 responded immediately with several gifts to give them another lead.

The Class of 1959 continues to lead the dollar race with the most money raised.

But perhaps the biggest news yesterday was the number of gifts that came in from the '90s, led by the Classes of 1993, 1995, and 1999.

Want to help jump start your classes giving? Go to citycollegelibrary.org/challenge, and Offer a Matching Donation or Offer a Challenge. Then, we'll help publicize it.

Thank you everyone for your support! We've now raised over $31,000 in the last 29 days! Let's keep it up! City Forever!

2964 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 25 - Score Board

What a weekend!

The Classes of 1984 and 1964 went tit-for-tat with each other all weekend long. At the end of the day it was the Class of 1984 that was able to maintain the lead by 1 gift. But, with a new matching gift in the works for the Class of 1964, we'll see how long '84's lead lasts!

Additionally, the Class of 1959 built on their dollar lead over the weekend to hold onto first place for most money raised!

Keep up the great work! See the full score board below:

Want to help jump start your classes giving? Go to citycollegelibrary.org/challenge, and Offer a Matching Donation or Offer a Challenge. Then, we'll help publicize it. 

Thank you everyone for your support! City Forever! 

2965 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 26 - Score Board

At the beginning of the day yesterday the Class of 1964 was comfortably in the lead for the most number of gifts and the Class of 1984 was comfortably in the lead for most money raised. 

All of that changed yesterday. With the encouragement of Daneker, Eiseman, and Walker the Class of 1959 roared past the Class of 1984 for the dollar lead, bringing their total raised to $2,780.

But all wasn't lost for the Class of 1984. They immediately responded with a solid day for their part, with a series of gifts that enabled them to pull past the Class of 1964 for the most number of gifts with 19. 

The pattern we're seeing is that the better organized a class is, the more successful their efforts are. If you have an e-mail list or a phone list for your class, be sure to share the campaign with them and encourage them to step up for our students and for our school.

To see the full score board visit citycollegelibrary.org/facebook. 

And to make a matching donation or a challenge to encourage your friends or classmates to give, visit citycollegelibrary.org/challenge. 

P.S. There was a great article in the NYT yesterday about libraries. Here's a short excerpt:  

"Every economic crisis responds, first of all, by cutting funds to culture. But the dismantling of our libraries and changing their nature is not simply a matter of economics. Somewhere in our time, we began to forget what memory — personal and collective — means, and the importance of common symbols that help us understand our society."

This campaign is about doing the opposite of cutting funds to culture. This campaign is about a community remembering the importance of a library to an institution, and making a very intentional decision to rebuild one for the students and school community. Your efforts are meaningful, and we thank you!

You can read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/24/opinion/reinventing-the-library.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

2967 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 25 - Score Board

On Day 25 we saw gifts come in for the classes of 1960, 1984, 1993, 2001, and 2006. The Class of 1984 is now only one gift behind the Class of 1964 for the most number of gifts. And we've now raised over $27,000 total in the past 25 days!!

Additionally, a member of the Class of 1962 offered a challenge that if we raise $500 in the next 5 days he will make a $500 donation. We only have $236 to go to meet his challenge! Let's do it!

Make your gift today: citycollegelibrary.org/challenge

View the full score board at citycollegelibrary.org/facebook

2968 days ago by The Black Knight
We've been challenged!!!

Attention City College Family - 

Howard G. Sholl, Jr., Class of 1962, has just offered a challenge!!!

If $500 is donated in the next 5 days, he will make a $500 gift. 

Let's meet his challenge!

citycollegelibrary.org/challenge

2969 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 24 - Score Board

The shoot out between 1959 and 1960 came to a screeching halt yesterday with neither class bringing in any gifts. Instead, the Class of 1964 built on their lead for the most number of gifts, creating some space between them and the rest of the pack, while the Class of 1984 still has a comfortable lead for the most money raised. To see the full score board visit citycollegelibrary.org/facebook. 

And remember to encourage your friends to make a gift at citycollegelibrary.org/challenge.

2969 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 23 - Score Board

Yesterday the Class of 1960 continued to surge, narrowly pushing past the Class of 1959 for 2nd place in the money race. How will 1959 respond? Will '59 show the little brother class who is best? Or will the Class of 1960 build on their momentum and pull away to threaten and overtake the Class of 1984's lead? There's only one way to find out, have your classmates make a gift now! citycollegelibrary.org/challenge.

To see the full scoreboard visit: citycollegelibrary.org/facebook

2970 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 22 - Score Board

Yesterday nearly 20 students stayed for an hour and a half after school to make phone calls to our alumni, encouraging them to participate in our challenge. And boy did our alumni step up! We've now raised over $26,000 in the past 22 days!

While the Class of 1984 still holds the lead for most money raised in the last 22 days, the class of 1959 is within earshot. 

But perhaps the biggest news coming out of yesterday is the emergence of the Class of 1960; now in third place for most money raised. At their 55th reunion this past Saturday Milton Dugger (June, '60) stepped up and pledged $1,000 and called on his classmates to match it. 

Yesterday Mr. Dugger followed through on his pledge. Now the question is, will his classmates follow through too? They have the Classes of 1984 and 1959 to catch!

To see the complete score board visit citycollegelibrary.org/facebook. 

And don't forget: make a gift, share the link, and get your class on the giving wall: citycollegelibrary.org/challenge.

2971 days ago by The Black Knight
Week 3 - Score Board

After three weeks the Class of 1964 has pulled ahead into sole possession of first place for the most number of gifts and the Class of 1984 is still in the lead with the most raised.

As we move into the final three weeks of the campaign let us keep in mind why we are doing this. As a community, prior to partnering with GiveCampus, we had raised enough money to build the new library. But we were yet to raise enough to fill the library up with the things that will make it functional for our students -- namely furniture, books, technology, etc.

That's why we called on you for help to get us across the finish line. And you've stepped up in a major way. We've raised nearly $25,000 in cold hard cash that we will be able to use for resources for our students. 

But here's the thing: we still need you. We still need to get your friends, family, and classmates to help. We need you to do this because the whole idea behind this effort is to raise enough money to be able to provide enough resources to support all of our students, not just a quarter of them. 

So to recognize your efforts we are adding in some new incentives. 

If you use your unique giving link (available while signed in to GiveCampus under the advocates tab) and raise $2,500 or generate 50 donations we will permanently recognize your efforts to our campaign by placing your name on the giving wall in the new library. You can track your progress on the advocates tab to see how close you are to reaching your goal in real time. 

As a community, we should be seeking 100% participation from our alumni. Even if that gift is only $1, that $1 is symbolically so important to our school. That $1 sends a message to our students that says, "I'm with you." 

So thank you all for being with us in such a real way and for all that you've done for our school. Now let's go out there and finish this historic campaign!

City Forever!

2972 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 19 - Score Board

Yesterday was a big day! We received over 20 gifts online, yet the Classes of 1964 and 1984 are still tied for the lead. 

Also, thank you to all the families that came out to Chick-Fil-A for Spirit Night last night to support our library campaign. Here are a few pictures from the event:

2975 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 18 - Score Board, Baltimore Sun coverage, and Spirit Night

Well take a look at that! Just a day after the Class of 1964 took a definitive lead in the number of gifts, the Class of 1984 came surging right back! It's now all tied up again.

Additionally, this morning the Baltimore Sun Media Group published a column by Kathy Hudson about our campaign. She wrote:

"It seems a miracle, and a testament to the dedication of the teachers and students, that despite the lack of resources, City turns out so many graduates who head to the country's most prestigious colleges. Ninety-eight percent of the student body goes on to college, with 87 percent going to four-year colleges. Forty-eight percent of these students are the first in their families to attend college. As a traditional public school, with no fundraising office, infrastructure, or historical precedent, the school community has rallied around this all-volunteer effort to build a new library. In ten months the school has raised over $1.8 million dollars with support."

Read More: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimor...

Now is the time for us to buckle down and cross the finish line. Share the article and this campaign with your friends and family and encourage all you know to make a gift: http://gvcmp.us/18ixwl.

Additionally, if you are in the Baltimore area, please join us tonight for our campaign's Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A in Parkville, located at 2008 East Joppa Road from 5-8pm. Dine in, Carry Out or Drive Thru, simply tell your server you're there for Spirit Night and 20% of your sale will be donated to our campaign. Order a Chocolate Chunk Cookie and we will receive and extra $1 towards our cause!

City Forever!

2976 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 17 - Score Board

With a strong stretch over the last two days the Class of 1964 has pulled into a definitive lead over the Class of 1984 for the most number of gifts, but the Class of 1984 maintains a $500 lead over the Class of 1959 for most money raised. Keep up the great work!

Here's the full score board:

2977 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 15 - Score Board

The Class of 1965 and 1984 are still in the lead for the most number of gifts and the Class of 1984 still has raised the most amount of money, but keep an eye on the surging Class of 1959 with $1,480 raised! 

2979 days ago by The Black Knight
Week 2 - Score Board

After two weeks we have some serious competition heating up between the Class of 1965 and the Class of 1984 who are tied for the lead for most number of gifts. But when it comes to the most money raised the Class of 1984 has a clear lead with $2,010 raised. 

One of the most glaring observations from the first two weeks, however, is the fact that there has only been ONE gift from the entire decade of the 1970s. If anyone knows anyone that graduated in the '70s will you wake them up, sing them the fight song "Loyal we'll always be," and remind them that our loyalty must translate to charity. Our school needs us now, so now is the time for us to give back!

“City Forever”

City forever,
We’ll praise her to the sky.
We’ll fight for old City

Until we do or die.
Rah! Rah! Rah!


Dear alma mater
Loyal we’ll always be.
City forever
And for victory.

2980 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 12 - Score Board

The Class of 1964 has pulled into sole possession of first place for the most number of gifts made while the Classes of 2018, 1993, and now 1984 are right behind them. Additionally, the Class of 1984 built on their dollar lead yesterday and has now raised $1,860. Keep pushing! 

2982 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 11 - Score Board

The Classes of 1964 and 2018 are neck-and-neck for the most number of gifts with the Class of 1993 right behind them. Who will pull into the lead today? 

Additionally, the Class of 1984 had a monster day yesterday bringing them into the dollar lead with $1,450 raised. The Class of 1959 is right behind them with $1,360 raised. Which class will be the first class to earn their way onto the donor wall?

2983 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 10 - Score Board

Yesterday the Class of 1964 saw a surge in gifts bringing them into a tie for the lead for most number of gifts with the Classes of 1993 and 2018. Additionally, the Class of 1959 pulled into the dollar lead with a significant gift made in honor of the late Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell, Class of 1959. 

Here is the full score board:

2984 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 9 - Score Board

The Class of 2018 -- the current sophomore class -- saw a surge in gifts yesterday bringing them into a tie for the lead for most number of gifts with the Class of 1993. The Class of 1987 is still in the dollar lead with $1,131 raised.

2985 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 8 - Score Board

After eight days, the Class of 1993 is still in the lead with the most number of gifts (10) and the Classes of 1999 and 1965 are still close behind with 8. The class of 1987 is still in the dollar lead with $1,131 and the Class of 1993 follows with $891. Keep up the great work!

2986 days ago by The Black Knight
Week 1 - Score Board

After one week, the Class of 1993 is in the lead with the most number of gifts (9) and the Classes of 1999 and 1965 are close behind with 8. The Class of 1987 has taken over the dollar lead with $1,131 and the Class of 1993 follows with $791! Keep up the great work!

 Make sure to share the campaign with your classmates! 

2987 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 5 - Score Board

After five days, the Class of 1999 is in the lead with the most number of gifts (8). The Class of 1993 has jumped into the dollar lead with $756 raised and the Class of 1987 is close behind with $630. Honorable mentions to the Class of 2018 with $480 and the Class of 1985 with $450. Get your class on the board!

Here is the full score board:

Use the advocates tab on our GiveCampus page to share this campaign with your friends and family. Emphasize that you don't have to give a lot for your gift to mean a lot!

2989 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 4 - Score Board

After four days, the Class of 1999 and the Class of 1965 are still tied for the most number of gifts with 7. The Class of 1993 has jumped into the dollar lead with $636 raised and the Class of 1987 is close behind with $630.

Here is the full score board:

Use the advocates tab on our GiveCampus page to share this campaign with your friends and family. Emphasize that you don't have to give a lot for your gift to mean a lot!

2990 days ago by The Black Knight
Corrected Day 3 - Score board

After three days, the Class of 1999 and the Class of 1965 are tied for the lead for most number of gifts with 6 and the class of 2006 and 2018 are right behind them with 4. The class of 1987 is in the lead for most dollars raised with $600.

Here's the corrected full score board:

2991 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 2 - Leader board

After two days, here is the leader board in the Class Challenge!

1. Class of 1965: 4 gifts

1. Class of 1959: 2 gifts

1. Class of 1962: 2 gifts

1. Class of 1982: 2 gifts

1. Class of 1985: 2 gifts

1. Class of 1999: 2 gifts

2. Class of 1953: 1 gift

2. Class of 1963: 1 gift

2. Class of 1970: 1 gift

2. Class of 1985: 1 gift

2. Class of 1993: 1 gift

2. Class of 1995: 1 gift

2. Class of 2001: 1 gift

2. Class of 2002: 1 gift

2. Class of 2003: 1 gift

2. Class of 2004: 1 gift

2. Class of 2006: 1 gift

2. Class of 2008: 1 gift

2. Class of 2009: 1 gift

Remember, in order for a class to be permanently recognized on the giving wall in the new library it must receive 100 gifts!! Let's get to work!

2992 days ago by The Black Knight
Day 1 - Leader board

After one day, here is the leader board in the Class Challenge! Remember, you don't have to make a large gift to help your class win! All you have to do is make a gift of any amount and you could make the difference for your class!

1. Class of 1959: 2 gifts
1. Class of 1962: 2 gifts
1. Class of 1982: 2 gifts
2. Class of 1953: 1 gift
2. Class of 1963: 1 gift
2. Class of 1970: 1 gift
2. Class of 1985: 1 gift
2. Class of 1993: 1 gift
2. Class of 1995: 1 gift
2. Class of 2008: 1 gift
2. Class of 2009: 1 gift

Friends: 5 gifts
Parents: 2 gifts
Employees: 1 gift

2993 days ago by The Black Knight

Donor Map
Class LeaderboardThe Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
19521$50
19531$100
19552$150
19566$361
195711$1,135
19581$10
195919$2,555
19603$1,530
19628$535
19632$30
196425$2,785
19656$605
19663$215
19671$200
19681$100
19693$320
19701$30
19732$268
19742$166
19825$320
19831$35
198425$2,630
19856$510
19876$1,256
19884$710
19892$530
19903$350
19913$350
19923$70
199322$1,213
19942$65
199524$1,165
19971$30
19983$95
199913$786
20001$100
200125$1,110
20021$200
200315$447
20041$30
20064$250
20071$30
20083$120
20094$210
20103$205
20111$10
20121$10
20131$100
Donor Affiliations
Gradhat icon70%Alumni
Book icon2%Students
Parent icon6%Parents
Suitcase icon2%Faculty/Staff
Friends icon8%Friends
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