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Chapman University boosts its fundraising goal to $200 million

After meeting and surpassing a $160 million fundraising goal, Chapman University’s Board of Trustees late last month voted to expand the school’s largest-ever fundraising campaign to $200 million.

“The response has been so overwhelmingly positive that it seems to serve everyone’s best interests to keep going” said Chapman President James Doti.

Citing a number of “emerging opportunities,” Doti said he wants to take Chapman’s fundraising further than officials originally intended when they first began planning the campaign in 1995.

By the middle of last month, the campaign had raised $171 million, beating the university’s original target by $11 million. The above-target funds raised, plus additional fundraising, will support a new library, sports complex, symphony hall and film complex.

Fundraisers already have raised half the money needed for the school’s $20 million library project, including a naming gift from the Leatherby family. Chapman officials have begun working with architects and the city of Orange to develop a physical plan for the library.

The fundraising goal for the new athletics complex, just placed on the university’s drawing board last year, is $10 million. The facility will include an Olympic-class aquatic pool, stadium seating, a new locker room and a coaches’ office. The complex already has received a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor.

A $3 million gift from Toni Oliphant of Newport Beach launched the fundraising campaign to expand Chapman’s School of Music. This $7 million project will include the construction of Oliphant Symphony Hall to accommodate choir and vocal performances, and the renovation and expansion of existing Bertea Hall for classroom instruction, recitals, practice rooms and faculty offices.

The first phase of a facilities expansion for Chapman’s School of Film and Television will require $8 million. To date, the film campaign has raised $6 million. The initial phase will create the beginning of a working sound-stage and backlot facility, the first of its kind on a college campus, placing Chapman among the top 5 film schools in the U.S., according to the university.

Chapman’s fundraising campaign, planned since 1995 and officially kicked off in 1999, has established 15 new endowed chairs and built Kennedy Hall for its School of Law, Beckman Hall for the Argyros School of Business and Economics, and a 700-space parking structure. Projects under construction include a new residence hall,Henley Hall,that will accommodate 300 students when it opens in the fall. The Wallace All Faiths Chapel is awaiting design approval. n

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