Bert Williams Mall at Chapman University

Chapman University Strategic Plan

» Building a Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

As we are entering a new phase in the history of Chapman University, it is fitting that we undertake a major fundraising effort to support the university’s planned growth and strengthen its financial position. The comprehensive campaign will be a seven- to ten-year undertaking with a goal of raising $500 million to expand the endowment, support capital and academic program enhancements, and increase scholarship support for students. The campaign’s funding breakdown is as follows:

  • Endowment: $235 million (47%)
  • Capital/campus expansion: $195 million (39%)
  • Scholarships: $50 million (10%)
  • Academic program enhancement: $20 million (4%)

The central goal of the campaign is to support Engineering the Future. The endowment and academic program enhancement funds will support our efforts to attract the highest quality faculty into academic programs that are recognized as distinctive and differentiated from our peers. Support of research and creative activities is central to creating distinctive academic programs. In addition, raising endowment funds will create endowed chairs and professorships that will help us continue to attract top-notch scholars in select disciplines. Scholarship funds will be important to attract, retain, and graduate the underserved student populations that are a significant part of the changing student profile. Finally, the capital component of the campaign provides funds to support the plan’s initiative to optimize the campus footprint as well as fund additional expansion of spaces for classrooms, student services, and faculty research, including the Leatherby Libraries.