The Voice: Summer 2001
Dordt awarded $500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation
Dordt College has been awarded a grant of $500,000 toward the completion of fund raising for
the college's new Student Life and Learning Center, which is being referred to as the Campus
Center until the facility is completed and officially named. The challenge grant is awarded to
help the college raise the balance required to complete the project's funding. The grant is
contingent upon Dordt raising the remaining $2,666,000 needed to complete the project by May
1, 2002, the Campus Center's scheduled completion date.
The Kresge Foundation considers grant applications toward projects involving construction or renovation of facilities and the purchase of major capital equipment or real estate. Grant recipients must raise the initial funds for a project before requesting Foundation assistance. The grant requires the college to raise the remaining funds, thereby insuring the completion of the project. In 2000, the Kresge Foundation reviewed 667 proposals and awarded grants totaling $133,525,000 to 213 charitable organizations in forty-one states, the District of Columbia, Canada, England, and Africa.
Dordt College president Dr. Carl E. Zylstra says, "Dordt College is extremely grateful for the confidence that the Kresge Foundation has placed in Dordt and its future. This is a vote of confidence in the role that the new Student Life and Learning Center/Campus Center will play in strengthening Dordt for even greater service in the years ahead."
The seventy-thousand-square-foot facility will replace and expand facilities housed in the current student union building. Total cost of the project is approximately $13,850,000 with a $1 million endowment fund to be established for maintenance purposes.
"We are thankful for the generous and committed leadership of so many friends of the college that has brought us to this point," says Lyle A. Gritters, vice president for college advancement. "Now we will be challenging a much broader group of alumni and friends of the college to raise the funds needed to meet the Kresge Foundation's challenge grant."