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From Vision to Construction: Building Fund Raising Success ALADN Conference March 24, 2003 Facts about Furman Founded in 1826 Liberal arts college – “very selective” 2900 students 95% of undergraduates live on campus 200 faculty Located in Greenville, South Carolina

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From Vision to Construction:Building Fund Raising Success

ALADN Conference

March 24, 2003


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Facts about Furman

  • Founded in 1826

  • Liberal arts college – “very selective”

  • 2900 students

  • 95% of undergraduates live on campus

  • 200 faculty

  • Located in Greenville, South Carolina


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From Vision to Construction:Building Fund Raising Success

Overview of Project

  • Building highlights

  • Chronology


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Building Highlights

  • 52,000 square feet of new space

  • 70,000 square feet of renovated space

  • 24 group study rooms

  • 900 seats

  • Multimedia Commons & Help Desk

  • 24-hour study and computing area


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More Building Highlights

  • Wireless network access

  • Laptop check-out

  • Center for Collaborative Learning and Communication (CCLC)

  • Education Curriculum Center

  • Leisure reading and study areas


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From Vision to Construction

Planning Phases

Programmatic 1998 – 1999

Architect selectedSpring 1999

Schematic Spring 1999 – Fall 1999

FundraisingFall 1999 – Fall 2000


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From Vision to Construction

Continued Chronology of Project

Design development Fall 2000 – Spring 2001

Contract awarded March 2002

Groundbreaking ceremony May 2002

Construction begins June 2002

Project complete Fall 2004


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Forever Furman Campaign Facts

  • Goal - $125 million

  • Quiet phase 1996 – 1999

  • Public phase 1999 - 2002

  • $200.5 million in commitments

  • From 35,000 donors

  • $53.6 million in new campus facilities


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James B. Duke LibraryExpansion and Renovation

  • $23.8 million in gifts and pledges

  • $9.5 million from the Duke Endowment

  • $6 million

  • $2 million

  • Several $1 million


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From Vision to Construction

Fundraising Milestones

The Duke Endowment - $9.5 million

Rinker Challenge

The Charlie Peace Wing

“Charlie’s Challenge”

Other naming gifts


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Words of Advice

  • Not enough to have a noble cause

  • People need to be convinced

  • “We fit Furman’s plans into people’s hopes and dreams”

  • Fundraising volunteers must take ownership


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Most Effective Publication

  • “Just in time”

  • Tailored to donor

  • Case statement

  • Continually updated

  • Delivered in person


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Library Director’s Role

  • Demonstrate the need

  • Create the vision

  • Communicate the vision

  • Plan the building

  • Participate in fundraising opportunities


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Demonstrating the NeedThe James B. Duke Library Building Project

Why?


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James B. Duke LibraryFacility Inadequacies

  • Insufficient seating

  • No group study rooms

  • No 24-hour study area

  • No computer facilities for writing papers

  • No hands-on library instruction room


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Comparison with PeersPercentage of Students Seated

Davidson- 40%

Trinity- 40%

Washington & Lee - 34%

Wake Forest - 23%

Furman - 13%


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James B. Duke Library More Facility Inadequacies

  • Substandard

    • Lighting

    • Air circulation

    • Fire escape routes

    • Office space for librarians and support staff

    • Space for archives and special collections

    • Faculty carrels


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Building Highlights

  • 52,000 square feet of new space

  • 70,000 square feet of renovated space

  • 24 group study rooms

  • 900 seats

  • Multimedia Commons & Help Desk

  • 24-hour study and computing area


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More Building Highlights

  • Wireless network access

  • Laptop check-out

  • Center for Collaborative Learning and Communication (CCLC)

  • Education Curriculum Center

  • Leisure reading and study areas


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Artist Renderings

  • East exterior (front)

    http://library.furman.edu/building/images/eastnew.jpg

  • West exterior

    http://library.furman.edu/building/images/westexterior2.jpg

  • North exterior

    http://library.furman.edu/building/images/northexterior.jpg

  • North interior

    http://library.furman.edu/building/images/northinterior.jpg


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The Future Library will be…

  • A place conducive to collaboration & contemplation

  • A place that fosters engaged learning

  • The hub of intellectual life on campus

  • Deeply digital and enduringly physical


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From Vision to Construction

Communicating the Vision

Vision for the Future of the Furman University Libraries

The Case for the James B. Duke Library

Telling “the story” at every opportunity

Forums for students and faculty

Presentations to Trustees, Advisory Council, Parents Council, Alumni Council, etc.

Lots of “good press”


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Library Building ProjectInformation

Building project information

http://library.furman.edu/building/

Up-to-Date Library Conditions

http://library.furman.edu/icu/


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Role of the Library Director

How important is the participation of the Library Director in fund raising for a building project?

Answer:

Absolutely critical.


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Lessons Learned (thus far)

  • Ask “experienced ones” for advice

  • Be ready and willing to speak to groups

  • Don’t be discouraged with setbacks

  • Forge good relationships with your Development Office


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From Vision to Construction:Building Fund Raising Success

ALADN Conference

March 24, 2003


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