Hospital Renovation Campaign Gains Momentum
Generous supporters help fundraising exceed the halfway point
Just twelve months into an $8 million campaign focused on “renewing the healing spaces” within the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is enthusiastic to have exceeded the campaign’s halfway point toward its goal. Dean Deborah Kochevar and Cummings School administrators are growing increasingly optimistic about reaching a successful conclusion in 2014 if the steady support shown so far continues at the present pace.
Key to the success to date has been a matching challenge grant offered by the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund. For every $2 raised or pledged for the renovation by December 31, 2014, the fund will donate $1 once we meet the challenge. To meet the challenge, the school committed to raising $5 million by the end of the year.
Many people have come forward to support the renovation and meet the challenge. Inspired by a long-standing confidence in the school’s mission and our caring clinicians, Anne and Travis Engen of Connecticut, pledged an outstanding $2.5 million, catapulting the school halfway toward the funding goal required to leverage the Peabody match. A number of generous donations have made a collective impact as well, for which campaign organizers are deeply grateful.
Can you help broadcast our renovation plans?
In addition to making generous gifts, the Foster Hospital’s friends and clients can contribute to the hospital renovation campaign by telling others about it. Grassroots communications can go a long way as the school works to secure additional support in the months between now and December.
We hope you will spread the word about our planned renovation among your circles of animal lovers. Perhaps you are a member of a breed club? Do you network with animal owners through a local dog park? Or are you active on social media on animal topics?
If you are interested in either making a gift or helping to spread the word, the Cummings Advancement Office would appreciate your assistance. An “overview kit” on the renovation can be mailed upon request. Contact the Cummings Advancement Team at (508) 839-7905 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our video on the campaign website: http://vet.tufts.edu/renovation