Million-Dollar Challenge Boosts Campaign
January 8, 2011
With the First in America: Fulfilling Our Destiny campaign
98 percent of the way toward its $150-million goal, you might expect a
slight drop-off in the college’s fundraising efforts. On the contrary,
alumni and parents recently unveiled the largest fundraising initiative
in Dickinson’s history—The Million-Dollar Challenge.
“You don’t want the campaign to fizzle at the end,” explains Rick
Shangraw ’81, one of 13 challenge sponsors spanning six decades at
Dickinson. “We need to continue to show support for the college and do
it in a way that encourages others to show support, because our
fundraising efforts need to keep rolling when we’re done with First in
America. We want to keep the momentum going.”
To encourage others to show their support, the challenge sponsors
have pledged to match every new and increased dollar given to the
Annual Fund this year, up to $1 million. Accordingly, they note, the
challenge gives everyone a chance to be part of a million-dollar gift
to the college.
“Involvement comes on many levels,” says Kellie Newton ’81,
challenge sponsor and college trustee. “Not everyone’s going to be able
to say, ‘OK, here’s $100,000—thank you very much.’ But it’s not just
about money. By making a gift of any size, you’re getting involved.
You’re saying that when you came here as a student, it wasn’t just four
years, and then you’re done. It’s a lifelong commitment. That’s what it
means to be a Dickinsonian.”
If successful, The Million-Dollar Challenge will go a long way
toward bringing in the $3 million needed to complete the campaign.
Though that amount may seem small compared with the $147 million raised
thus far, the sponsors stress that it will take the entire Dickinson
community to complete First in America.
“The end of the campaign is always the toughest,” says Barbara James
Kline ’57, P’81, P’86, a challenge sponsor who, with her husband Sidney
’54, is one of four generations of Dickinsonians. “This challenge is
all about getting the college through that final stretch.”
Besides making sure the campaign sprints rather than limps across
the finish line, The Million-Dollar Challenge offers alumni and parents
who may not have participated a chance to join in the historic
“If you haven’t given before, now is the perfect time to do it
because your gift will be matched, which means it will have even more
impact,” says challenge sponsor and Dickinson trustee Ruth LaMantia
Ferguson ’92. “That’s one of the reasons I like to support the college.
You’re really able to see the impact of your gift. You can’t walk on
campus without seeing a way that the campaign has enabled us to enhance
Because the sponsors span six different decades, the challenge also
incorporates some competition, pitting Dickinsonians against one
another to see which decade can make the most new and increased gifts
this year. Yet no matter what year they graduated, the sponsors share
similar reasons for getting involved with The Million-Dollar Challenge
and hope that other alumni and parents will as well.
For some, the motivation comes from reflection.
“When I look back, I can say that my Dickinson experience truly
transformed who I was as a person,” says Amy Nauiokas ’94, challenge
sponsor and college trustee. “And I feel it’s my responsibility and all
of our responsibility to make sure that generations after us can have
the same experience.”
For others, it comes from looking forward.
“Looking toward the future, if we want to make sure that Dickinson
continues to improve—that this positive trend of the last decade
continues—then we all need to get involved,” says Mark I. Lehman ’71,
challenge sponsor and college trustee. “And this challenge is a great
way to do that.”
To learn more, watch a video about The Million Dollar Challenge.
Sponsors to date for The Million-Dollar Challenge:
Thomas Mills ’47 +
Sidney D. Kline Jr. ’54, P’81, P’86 & Barbara James Kline ’57, P’81, P’86
Mark I. Lehman ’71 & Harriet Marcus Lehman ’72
Clark J. Chandler ’74, P’11 & Roberta O. Barnes Chandler P’11
Kellie L. Newton ’81
R. F. Shangraw Jr. ’81 & Mary S. Shangraw
R. Timothy Ferguson ’93 & Ruth LaMantia Ferguson ’92
Amy L. Nauiokas ’94