Eastern Mennonite University celebrates successful start to Forward Together campaign


by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Work continues on the new track-and-field complex at Eastern Mennonite University this month. The $6-million complex, one of the strategic initiatives of the university’s $40-million Forward Together comprehensive campaign, is scheduled to open next year.

Eastern Mennonite University alumni are more generous than the nation’s average college graduates. 

That’s not just a gut feeling, either; it’s backed by data. According to EMU Advancement, the Harrisonburg, Virginia, school sports a 12-percent participation rate for grads who give back, compared to a national average rate of eight percent. 

That royal generosity was on full display when donors helped EMU shatter its $10.7 million fundraising goal set for the first phase of its Forward Together campaign. From July 2020 to June 2023, more than 4,000 donors provided 17,538 gifts to raise $11.6 million for EMU, about $900,000 above the funding target. In addition to those current gifts, donors also pledged about $11.4 million in new estate commitments, for a grand total of roughly $23 million raised in the past three years.

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