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667
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111% of 600 Donor goal
$292,427
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This campaign ended on March 24, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Lees-McRae College by clicking here!
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Katie Talbert photoKatie Talbert matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Alumni

An Anonymous DonorKatie O’Brien matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Soccer (Women's)

Morgan Beck Herdklotz photoMorgan Beck Herdklotz matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500

Nina Fischesser photoNina Fischesser matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

An Anonymous DonorBlaine & Ginger Hansen matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $478

An Anonymous DonorSonny and Judy Edmondson matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000Just for Legacy Campaign (Highest Priority)
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Cally Morrill photoCally Morrill gave $100 because 37 donors gaveJust for Soccer (Women's)

An Anonymous DonorSusan Boyette gave $250 because 25 donors gaveJust for May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

An Anonymous DonorDeena Chambers gave $1,000 because 50 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorSkyline/Skybest gave $2,000 because 455 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorDavid Huckabee gave $2,500 because 10 donors gaveJust for Classes between 1971 & 1972

An Anonymous DonorJulia and Keith McCombs gave $2,500 because 300 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorArch and Connie Hoxton gave $6,000 because 55 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorWarren Hudson gave $10,000 because 155 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorWhalen Foundation gave $10,000 because 355 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorPam Vinson gave $10,000 because 200 donors gave
About


Our most ambitious fundraising endeavor secures a legacy for generations to come.

Inspired to expand our scope and offer more opportunities to serve our outstanding students, faculty, and community, Lees-McRae made the decision to acquire the nearly five hundred acres that Grandfather Home for Children occupied for over a century. Following the March 2022 purchase of this property, newly named “South Campus,” we launched The Legacy Campaign—a $20 million fundraising effort that lets us seize the opportunity to:

  • Double the college’s footprint, adding more than 100,000 square feet of usable space and much needed student housing to keep pace with our enrollment
  • Create engaging student Living and Learning Communities that enhance our thriving experiential programs
  • Preserve and maintain valuable natural resources so they can be enjoyed by generations to come









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Message from Barbara and Todd Kopczynski

We reached our Giving Day goal—but the Bissell-Kopczynski Challenge doesn’t end until March 31! 

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Thank you, FORUM!

By hitting 600 gifts, we have unlocked a $40,000 contribution to The Legacy Campaign from the FORUM Board of Directors. Thank you to the board for your generous donation and your ongoing partnership with Lees-McRae.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
600 donors: ✔️

THANK YOU for making this our biggest Giving Day yet! Your faith in us and our mission is greatly appreciated.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
$30,000 unlocked!

Not only did we unlock the $30,000 from the Board of Trustees member, but we've closed out all the challenges for today. Your support has been incredible! We are currently less than 40 away from our goal—let's finish strong!

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Thank you to our corporate sponsors!


343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Keep it up, Bobcats!


Only 100 donors to go until we reach our Giving Day goal! Hitting 500 donors unlocked a gift from SkyLine/SkyBest. Thank you for all your support! Let’s continue to Rise to the Challenge!

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
New challenge for next 30 gifts!

This just in...30 more donors will unlock a $30,000 gift from a member of the Board of Trustees!



343 days ago by Lauren Foster
New opportunities, new adventures


For their end-of-semester Outdoor Recreation Management project, Kolin Fadden and Nino Barnes came up with the idea for a challenge course that would give ORM majors essential experience in leading groups and conducting outdoor recreation trainings. The extensive land included in the South Campus purchase gave these students plenty of space to turn their dream into a reality. Not only was it an incredible resume-building experience for Kolin and Nino, but the college now has another valuable asset that will benefit ORM students for years to come.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Only 200 donors away!


We just hit our 400 donor milestone—which means we unlocked another challenge gift! SJ Whalen was a member of the Board of Trustees, and he and his wife Mildred established a grant to help faculty members conduct research and participate in professional development. Over the years, this grant has allowed faculty members to take students on study abroad trips, receive additional certifications, and attend conferences. Patty Hawley, the Whalen’s daughter and manager of the Whalen Foundation, continues to make contributions to areas of need at the college, including this year’s $10,000 gift to The Legacy Campaign.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Jarrett W. Koshi-Kohler ’12 gives back to create opportunities for students


Since graduating with a Performing Arts degree in 2012, alumnus Jarrett W. Koski-Kohler has remained an active part of the Lees-McRae community. He’s one of the biggest supporters of the Theatre Arts department and its students, and he currently serves as a member of the Alumni Board.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
History of South Campus


Before it was South Campus, and even before it was part of Children’s Hope Alliance, Grandfather Home for Children was part of Rev. Edgar Tufts’ three-pronged mission to serve the mountain people. Learn how Grandfather Home for Children played a pivotal role in Tufts’ ministry of service and how its purchase by Lees-McRae will allow Children’s Hope Alliance to expand their work: bit.ly/3JCENrV

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
We're halfway there!


A $5,000 gift from the Alumni Board to The Legacy Campaign has just been unlocked. Let’s keep this amazing momentum going!

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Curious what life is like on South Campus?

Spend a day with members of our cycling team to get an inside glimpse at the residence halls and opportunities for adventure on this new area of campus.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
We’re another step closer toward meeting our Giving Day goal!

Meeting the 200 donor mark unlocked a gift from Warren Hudson, a member of the Board of Trustees. Hudson will be retiring from the board at the end of this fiscal year, but his dedication to Lees-McRae will continue.

When asked for his thoughts about this year’s Giving Day, Hudson said “’Transformational’ doesn’t do justice in describing the college’s acquisition of the Grandfather Home property made possible by The Legacy Campaign. Your gift to The Legacy Campaign will help expand new horizons for Lees-McRae as Dr. King and his team lead the college into a bright and exciting future."

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
Thank you, Arch and Connie Hoxton!

We just hit 100 donors, which means we unlocked our first challenge gift! Arch and Connie Hoxton met at Lees-McRae in 1964 and have been supporting the college ever since. This year, they have chosen to make a $6,000 contribution to The Legacy Campaign, which will be doubled by the Bissell-Kopczynski Challenge!

343 days ago by Lauren Foster
South Campus By the Numbers

While the true value of South Campus can’t be quantified, here’s a breakdown of the physical assets we acquired.

343 days ago by Lauren Foster

Alumni Class Year
Class yearDonorsRaised ($)
19883$2,100
20250$0
19961$1,000
20066$610
20163$95
19985$235
19834$375
19570$0
19670$0
19716$1,800
19744$375
19701$100
19647$6,450
20012$510
20145$241
197213$5,225
20156$1,425
19633$375
20105$520
19820$0
19944$1,900
19937$1,545
19790$0
20026$1,537
19500$0
19994$1,175
20073$135
20113$1,275
19781$500
19867$1,250
19510$0
19921$250
19802$200
20173$175
19590$0
19890$0
19850$0
20231$5
20240$0
19543$400
19692$150
19580$0
20191$50
19653$700
19764$10,450
20226$155
20270$0
19562$2,150
19773$160
19871$100
19490$0
19841$250
20260$0
19902$2,100
19811$100
20280$0
19681$100
19730$0
20181$50
20130$0
20093$200
19601$100
20032$1,050
19915$546
20052$200
20001$25
19531$1,000
19662$200
20201$1,000
20125$400
20215$195
19480$0
19976$1,550
19756$4,450
19470$0
19952$200
19620$0
19460$0
19611$100
20041$25
19450$0
19440$0
19552$1,100
19520$0
20084$310
Student Class Year
Graduation YearDonorsRaised ($)
202419$262
202523$1,225
202612$252
202323$875
Donor Affiliations
Gradhat icon30%Alumni
Book icon13%Students
Parent icon16%Parents
Friends icon25%Friends
Suitcase icon10%Staff
Suitcase icon4%Faculty
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