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Lawrence launches transformative $220 million campaign

When Lawrence University launched the public phase of its $220 million capital campaign in late 2018, it affirmed its commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive educational experience that prepares students to lead lives of meaning and distinction.

The campaign — Be the Light! Learners. Leaders. Lawrentians. — is the most ambitious fundraising initiative in Lawrence’s history.

“This campaign has the power to transform our university, our students, and the future leadership of our world,” President Mark Burstein said. The campaign’s four cornerstones reflect Lawrence values:

Full Speed to Full Need: Launched in 2014, this initiative looks to make Lawrence accessible and affordable to every student. With $75 million raised to date, Lawrence is on pace to become the first full-need institution in Wisconsin and one of fewer than 70 nationwide.

Student journey: Lawrence educates the whole student, from classroom learning to personal development through wellness, career advising, and more. Generous gifts have supported key positions on the student journey, including the Dennis and Charlot Nelson Singleton Professorship in Cognitive Neuroscience, the Julie Esch Hurvis Dean for Spiritual and Religious Life, and the Riaz Waraich Dean for Career, Life, and Community Engagement.

Campus renewal: Spaces shape the student experience, and Lawrence is renewing its beautiful and historic campus in key areas like athletics, the Center for Academic Success, and residence halls.

The Lawrence Fund: This annual fund is a critical part of the university’s financial health and ensures student success every day. Contributions to the fund come from alumni/ae and friends at all financial levels.

“These investments will allow us to continue our transformational work, to be the light,” Burstein said. To date, the campaign has raised $170 million towards its goal. More information is available at