Recently, Madison College was challenged to raise $3.5 million before March 30, 2018, to complete our South Campus Match, which includes construction of a new Madison College South Campus. If we do, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation will match that number dollar for dollar. I accepted the challenge with confidence, recalling an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our faculty and staff are never averse to doing the difficult work that needs to be done, together, if it is for the long-term benefit of our students.
A few hours after the matching gift was shared by our media friends, one of our colleagues wrote the first check to the Madison College Foundation as part of the matching campaign. I was touched by the note that accompanied this gift and share it with you in the hope that it will inspire you to take advantage of this opportunity to double the impact of your contribution.
For many years, it has been my privilege to be a part of Madison College, an organization that provides an opportunity to pursue the American dream. Like so many community colleges, we are the first stop for many first-generation and underrepresented students. The generosity demonstrated by the Goodman Foundation and American Family, and today’s news from Great Lakes show that there are people and organizations in our community that believe in the vision and mission of our college and are choosing to back up their belief in us with generous funding.
I believe Madison College’s presence in South Madison will bring hope and development to the local community, bringing the American dream within reach of a population that may not have considered higher education as something they could ever attain. Working in Institutional Research & Effectiveness, I’ve seen much of the data on our student population and how much they need the support of all faculty and staff to be successful.
I was excited to see that the programming in South Madison would involve partnering with the high schools for STEM education. The plans to have full wrap-around services, in addition to so much “community” social services, is quite inspirational to me. Being a Hmong-American and first-generation college graduate, I understand that it takes a village to raise a child. I have personally experienced how education changes lives. How could I not be involved in this campaign? I know my monetary contribution in this campaign is just a drop in the bucket, but together, we can do much greater things, not only for the present, but for generations to come! I hope my colleagues will join me to make a difference in South Madison, empowering those students to make a difference in our community and the world around us.”
I thank Zong Her for allowing me to share her testimony with you. I know many of you can relate to her motivations to support the construction of a new South Campus, and I have no doubt you also have similarly powerful stories to express your commitment to our mission of access to quality higher education for all.
As in the past, many of you are approaching these last three months of the year with plans to contribute to our Combined Charitable Campaign. Your support of this campaign plays a crucial role in improving the lives of our neighbors, students and staff. I applaud and encourage your continued participation.
This year, thanks to the generosity of Great Lakes, you can double the impact of your gift to the Combined Charitable Campaign if you designate your gift to the South Campus Match. Your contribution, combined with the Great Lakes match, means $7 million toward a campus with 75,000 programmable square feet. Building a new South Campus illustrates in a most conspicuous way our commitment to our mission to provide access to quality higher education for all.
To be sure, raising $3.5 million is a mighty challenge. But it’s not unrealistic by any stretch. Madison College’s new South Campus must get done. It needs to be done. And, thanks to your support and that of your colleagues and the community-at-large, it will get done, because it means so much for so many people.
A key element of our mission is fostering success within our communities. Let’s show our friends and neighbors why we’re “Madison College proud” through our collective and generous support of the Combined Charitable Campaign and the South Campus Match.
If we go together, we will go far!
Jack E. Daniels III, Ph.D
P.S. This year’s pledge form is attached. Please consider designating your contribution toward #600—South Campus Match. (Please make checks payable to the Madison College Foundation.) You may also visit The Foundation website to donate online. If you wish to give to multiple charities, visit the CCC donation page. For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact Combined Charitable Campaign Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.
Published November 8, 2017. Updated November 13, 2017.