Paine College Build It Back Campaign Surges - Exceeds $264,000.00 And Growing

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/14/2015 13:26 PM
The Paine College Community rallied exuberantly with a rousing show of fervent support for the institution that has been a mainstay in the Augusta community for over 133 years. On Tuesday evening, November 10th, the 1,200-seat sanctuary in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel was standing room only and filled with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who chanted "build it back" throughout the Rally. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, said the Build it Back Rally would be carved in the College's history and all who were present would be a part of that history. While the event was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., alumni, friends and supporters gathered in the sanctuary more than 45 minutes earlier bearing checks and donations. 

Although the College launched the Build it Back Campaign to address a budget shortfall and financial challenges, the Campaign has re-energized the community's commitment to the institution. 

At the close of the event, Sunya L. Young, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, announced a preliminary report of nearly $180,000 in cash and pledges. As of Friday, November 13th, the Campaign had exceeded its kick-off goal of $250,000.00 and reached $264,038.86. Reportedly, gifts are still pouring in ranging from single online gifts of $10.00 to check donations of $25,000.00. 

"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Sullivan who donated $5,000.00 to the Campaign. "This show of support will go a long way in helping to make the case that Paine College matters to all of us," commented Dr. Sullivan. "The College, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is on Probation and will have to demonstrate to the SACSCOC Review Team that it is fiscally stable during its next review in February 2016. The Build it Back Campaign will, in a significant way, help to position the College on a financially-stable track.

" Throughout the evening, alumni, faculty, friends and supporters made check presentations, but one of the most memorable presentations came from the Student Government Association leaders and the student body who gathered around the altar to announce that they had voluntarily voted to donate a portion of their activity fees to the Campaign in the amount of $108,000. (This student donation is in addition to funds collected at the Rally, and since, in cash and pledges.) Dr. Sullivan was so moved by the students' generosity that he gave a rousing rendition of the Paine College chant, ending it with a hearty howl. The crowd jumped on their feet in a loud and boisterous cheer. 

Dr. Luther B. Felder, Paine's campus pastor, summed up the Rally as being an amazing expression of love towards Paine College. "Clearly, the community believes in the institution and recognizes that these are critical times," he said. "We are grateful for God's grace in this present moment. This is a great start for what is a marathon requiring vigilance on the part of the community and faith in the God that has created us all. The God that we serve is our refuge and strength, a very present help in our time of trouble." 

"The donors who have made gifts or pledges to the Campaign are representative of those persons who believe in the value of the institution," stated Dr. Sullivan. "Each gift is a vote of confidence in the College. Each gift will make a difference in the students' lives and will ensure that the College will be around for generations to come. Given the monies raised to date, coupled with the students' gift, the Campaign will apply more than $372,038.86 to the budget. 

To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign in support of Paine College, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or email Vice President Sunya L. Young at Donations can be made online by visiting the College's website at Click Give to Paine. Also, make a gift by texting "painecollege" to 42828.