About the Campaign
Gonzaga University is so fortunate; even before the Gonzaga Will campaign was launched, many of our benefactors stepped forward to say, “we will.” At launch we had raised an incredible $183 million toward our $250 million goal.
We are proud to announce that we have now raised $240 million towards our goal. The generosity shown from more than 34,000 donors is indeed Gonzaga Will in action.
Below is a snapshot of some of the gifts and outcomes that the unprecedented generosity of our donors has provided so far. With your continued support, we can move even closer to achieving the vision for Gonzaga’s future.
Over the past four years, donor support has eased the financial burden on our students through the Zag Scholarship Promise. Likewise, $73 million has been pledged so far to support scholarships through the endowment, which equates to nearly 1,275 individual scholarships that will be awarded into perpetuity. Every contribution makes a Gonzaga education more accessible and affordable for the next generation of teachers, engineers, athletes, entrepreneurs and scientists.
The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center and Endowed Scholarship Fund
In 2014, Gonzaga University received the largest financial gift in its history. Miss Myrtle Woldson, an accomplished businesswoman, musician and philanthropist, has celebrated her love of the arts, music and student success with a $55 million gift to Gonzaga University. Her gift will build the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, a creative, collaborative space that includes a 750-seat theater, as well as practice and performance spaces for music, dance and theater. In addition, Miss Woldson’s gift will create the largest endowment fund for high-financial need students in our history—a fund of nearly $25 million for scholarships. This is the lead gift for the scholarship component of the campaign for Gonzaga University.
John and Melinda Moynier Scholarship
Alumnus John Moynier (’62) and his wife, Melinda committed $2.5 million to establish an endowed scholarship for first generation college students through their estate plans. Their gift will ultimately support more than 40 students annually, influencing the future of families for generations to come.
Center for Global Engagement
Regent Daniel Harbaugh (’70), a Political Science and Law alum, has made a provision through his will to establish an endowed directorship for the Center for Global Engagement. This donation funds the director’s salary for years to come, ensuring that Gonzaga will have secure, steady leadership helping us extend our global reach.
Gonzaga in Florence
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gonzaga-in-Florence program, the McCarthey Family Foundation pledged $1 million to establish an endowed scholarship fund. This gift ensures that generations of Gonzaga scholars will have the opportunity to expand their global knowledge in one of Europe’s most historic cities.
The John J. Hemmingson Center
Thanks to a transformative gift from Gonzaga Trustee John J. Hemmingson, the university opened the John J. Hemmingson Center in fall 2015—a facility that teaches and inspires our community. Many of you have experienced this place since its opening, and for those who haven’t, we welcome you with open arms.
This stunning 167,000 square-foot facility now serves as the heart of campus. It’s already abuzz with activity, housing student clubs, the Gonzaga Student Body Association, University Ministry, and the Center for Global Engagement, among many more. Study areas, the largest dining hall and restaurant facilities ever on campus, and many large gathering spaces invite students and the entire Zag community to study, work, and play together.
To learn more about the John J. Hemmingson Center, visit gonzaga.edu/hemmingsoncenter.
Stevens Indoor Tennis & Powers Golf Center
Because we care as much for our students’ physical health as their mental and spiritual wellbeing, we've constructed and opened a new athletics facility focused on tennis and golf. Funded by the Stevens and Powers families, this 72,000 square-foot building includes six regulation tennis courts and a golf practice area to keep our Bulldogs in top form.
Foley Library Upgrade
If the Hemmingson Center is the heart of our campus community, Foley Library is the brain. We plan to re-create Foley as the Library of the Future so it answers all the needs of today’s learners—from access to worldwide digital resources to face-to-face tutoring.