Emmanuel College has successfully concluded a major comprehensive campaign aimed at ensuring the vibrancy of its Catholic educational mission for years to come. The Campaign for our Second Century, which closed June 30, 2022, exceeded its $50 million goal, raising a total of $51,452,492 in support of student scholarships, academic initiatives and capital projects. The campaign was the largest fundraising effort in the College’s history.
“This is a quantum achievement for one of Boston’s great engines of empowerment and opportunity,” said Emmanuel College Trustee Jack Connors, Jr., who co-chaired the campaign with fellow Trustees Margaret L. McKenna ’83 and Mary Jo Skayhan Rogers ’77. “It has been moving to see so many generous individuals and organizations coming together to celebrate a storied institution – and assure Emmanuel’s profound impact on current and future students.”
The campaign, which publicly launched during Emmanuel’s Centennial year in 2019, aimed to advance the richness of the academic and co-curricular experience while sustaining the College’s longstanding commitment to educational access and affordability. Included in the campaign were donations to the Emmanuel Fund and the Scholarship Fund. In addition, many alumni and friends of the College gave to the Second Founder’s Fund, named in honor of Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, and her historic 43-year presidency. Sister Janet became President Emerita in August 2022.
“I am deeply thankful to all who made this campaign such a success,” said McKenna, who also chairs Emmanuel’s Board of Trustees. “Our donors have made a powerful statement about just how much our world needs the ethical and effective leaders that Emmanuel continues to form, both in and beyond the classroom. Now, with the arrival of President Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D., Emmanuel is well positioned to apply its mission in exciting new ways to meet the needs of a fast-changing world.”
Emmanuel received a number of significant gifts during the campaign, for which the College was pleased to name the Maureen Murphy Wilkens School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, the Leslie Ferrick McCafferty Career Center, the Margaret L. McKenna Media Center, the Joanne & Anthony Migliaro Nursing Skills Laboratory, the Paul Shannahan Wenger CURE Laboratory, the C. Michael & Janet Daley Design Lab, the EC Business Collaborative Finance Lab, and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Heritage Fund in support of mission-related activities for the Emmanuel community. For athletics, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Andrew Yosinoff led the charge to upgrade the gymnasium with new bleachers in support of student-athletes.
The Campaign saw two of the largest 50th reunion class gifts from the classes of 1970 and 1972, each with a participation rate of over 40 percent. In total, $14 million was raised for the Emmanuel Fund and $12.3M in planned giving through the Heritage Society. More than 2,400 gifts came from first-time donors.
Bringing the campaign across the $50 million mark were major gifts from Emmanuel Trustees Mary Jo Skayhan Rogers and Bill Collatos, who together gave a total of $2 million to previously established funds. The Mary Jo Skayhan Rogers Endowed Scholarship Fund is one of the largest endowed scholarships at Emmanuel College, supporting students across majors since 2016. The William P. Collatos IT Resource Fund provides IT equipment and WiFi access for students with demonstrated need, making it the largest IT investment in Emmanuel’s history.
In the course of the campaign, including its preliminary “silent” phase, Emmanuel’s physical campus was transformed with the completion of an 18-story, apartment-style residence hall in 2018. In addition, in 2021 the College opened a state-of-the-art nursing education space to support the College’s new four-year undergraduate nursing program within the Maureen Murphy Wilkens School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences.
"Emmanuel provides a truly personalized educational experience. It’s very powerful,” said Danielle Kellermann, Emmanuel’s Vice President of Development. “Jillian Andrews, Director of Major Gifts and Corporate Partnerships, and I aimed to personalize the experience of donors and show them the ‘multiplier effect’ of an investment in Emmanuel.”
Support for the campaign came from a range of generous donors, including corporate and foundation partners. IQHQ, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Cummings Foundation, Lynch Foundation, Yawkey Foundation, and Red Sox Foundation were among those supporting diversity and community initiatives, including the PEER Cell program in biology, the START program, the Women in Science program and EC Business Collaborative.
“This is a time of pure possibility for Emmanuel,” said President Boyd. “We are committed to build on the momentum generated by the campaign to create ever more transformative learning experiences for students and advance Emmanuel as a still more potent force for progress in our society. Great things are ahead.”