Hope Expands "Legacies: A Vision of Hope"
Campaign Goal to $105 Million
Posted January 30, 2002
HOLLAND -- The progress of the initial fund-
raising efforts for the "Legacies: A Vision of Hope"
capital campaign at Hope College has led to an increase in
the goal to $105 million, college officials announced today.
The college's Board of Trustees authorized during
its January meeting an increase in the scope of "Legacies:
A Vision of Hope" from $85 million to $105 million by adding
the DeVos Fieldhouse project into the overall campaign.
The move reflects the progress thus far in raising
money for both efforts, according to Dr. James E. Bultman,
president of Hope.
"This is a special tribute to the generosity and
faithfulness of the Hope constituency and the Holland
community," he said.
The campaign was launched in October of 2000 with
three major initiatives: building a new science center and
renovating the Peale Science Center; increasing endowment;
and addressing a variety of other short-term and long-term
facility and space needs, including especially the
construction of the Martha Miller Center.
According to Bultman, funding is about two-thirds
complete for the campaign's major building projects. The
percentage for the campaign overall is a bit higher--the
college has raised about $82 million of the new $105 million
The new science center, which will be connected to
the west side of the Peale Science Center, will double the
size of the current building and will include classrooms,
laboratories, and office and storage space. Peale Science
Center, which opened in 1973, will be updated to better meet
contemporary teaching and research needs and today's
significantly higher enrollment. The trustees voted during
the January meeting to move ahead with the new construction,
which is expected to take about 18 months. The new
construction and renovation are expected to total $36
Some $30 million of the campaign total is
earmarked for endowment, which provides support for every
dimension of the college. Emphases include student
scholarships; faculty research funds and chairs; support for
the academic program, community outreach, internships and
the student development program; and funds for equipment
needs and library resources.
The $19 million designated for enhancing and
expanding other campus facilities includes construction of
the Martha Miller Center, which will house the departments
of communication and modern and classical languages. The
building's site is not yet finalized. Other projects
include renovation of buildings such as Dimnent Memorial
Chapel, Graves Hall and Lubbers Hall and the Dow Center, the
latter of which will feature expanded facilities for the
college's dance program.
The DeVos Fieldhouse project was announced as a
separate fund-raising initiative in March of 2001, anchored
by a $7.5 million leadership gift from the Richard and Helen
DeVos Foundation. Fund-raising has since been spearheaded
by James Jurries, a Holland resident and 1963 Hope graduate.
The project will total approximately $20 million.
The building is intended to meet many of the
spectator facility needs for not only the college, but also
the Holland Christian Schools, other area schools and the
Holland community. The facility will serve as the new home
court for the college's men's basketball team, which has
played its home games at the Holland Civic Center since
1954-55. The building will be located on the eastern
gateway to the campus, although the specific site is still
While the building projects will significantly
reshape the look of campus and the neighboring downtown
area, most visibly the eastern gateway, Bultman noted that
they are especially exciting from Hope's perspective for the
effect they will have on the college's work of educating
"Hope College is not about building buildings.
Hope is about providing facilities that will enable students
and professors to perform at the very highest levels," he
said. "The science center, Martha Miller Center and DeVos
Fieldhouse projects are tangible evidence of that
commitment. These are exciting projects that will change
the face of Hope and improve its already lofty position in
undergraduate Christian liberal arts education."
While pleased with the total raised thus far,
Bultman noted that fund-raising for "Legacies: A Vision of
Hope" will be continuing in earnest as the campaign
continues through the end of 2003, particularly as the
college expands its focus from leadership gifts to the Hope
constituency in general.