We Reached Our Goal…But We’re Not Done Yet

Congratulations ACRL membership! You did it.

By any measure ACRL’s 75th Anniversary Campaign is a huge success and a major accomplishment for this Association and its members. Thanks to the incredible support of the membership, this Campaign has established new benchmarks and broken records across the board for ACRL fundraising.

In December 2013, the ACRL Board established the Campaign Working Goal of $50,000 by December 31, 2014. It seemed like an insurmountable target for an Association that had never raised more than $16,000 in a year. How did we get there? Thanks to an unprecedented outpouring of support from current and past presidents and Board and Budget and Finance Committee members, the Campaign jumped off to a fast start in the first month. Then many Section and Division Committee Boards made commitments to raise named scholarships. Those larger gifts were bolstered by support from many individual members – many giving for the first time.

Consider these Campaign highlights:

  • Raised to date: $51,359 (with a little less than a month left to go)
  • Number of first-time donors: 146
  • Number of gifts closed: 281
  • Number of gifts of 1,000 or more: 20
  • Board Member gift: $9,181 (100% participation)

As chair of the 75th Anniversary Campaign, I am really proud of the enthusiasm with which the membership has gotten behind this effort. Special thanks go out to all the Section and Committee chairs that committed to group scholarships and led by example.

There was also a great response to my call for contributions on Giving Tuesday. The 20 donations received that day was a record single-day total for ACRL. The $2,700 contributed that day accounted for just over 5% of the total, and the majority of that came from first-time donors.

What’s so great about all this is that the additional funds will be used to increase travel stipends and/or provide additional scholarships for the ACRL 2015 Conference. An additional 75 deserving academic librarians will receive support. But we can do even better. There is still time for you to “kick start the future” for your colleagues and our Association. This is the perfect time of the year to make a tax-deductible contribution to ACRL. We’ve raised more than our $50,000 goal and that’s reason to celebrate.

But why not $55,000 or even $60,000? Don’t think you can’t give enough to make a difference. We’ve climbed this mountain mostly thanks to contributions of $25 or less. There is still plenty of time to add to the total and keep the Campaign going – with whatever you can give. Let’s make this happen.

Thank you.

Steven Bell

Chair, 75th Anniversary Campaign