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June 18, 2012

DWU surpasses goal set for annual Wesleyan Fund

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University has surpassed its annual fund goal for the 12th year.

DWU has not only met its annual Wesleyan Fund goal, but actually exceeded it with donations in the amount of $705,000. The Wesleyan Fund is the annual fund that contributes to programs, facility maintenance and student scholarships.

“The Wesleyan Fund does everything from supporting student financial aid to keeping our lights on; it’s a general fund that supplements tuition dollars,” said Theresa Kriese, vice president for business and advancement. “The support our alumni, friends and the Mitchell community have shown us over the years has been humbling. We set a goal of $703,000 this year and actually surpassed it, showing that those who know DWU know that it is a good investment and an asset to our city, as well as our state.”

For several years, DWU raised roughly $500,000 annually for the Wesleyan Fund. In the 2007-08 academic year, the college decided to raise that goal to $650,000, which was a 30 percent increase from the year before. The goal has been increased and met each year.

Like many schools during the recession, DWU engaged in general belt-tightening. Today, central administrative positions are fewer than in 2007, despite university growth. For example, a team of six vice presidents is now three, and the institutional advancement office, once home to eight full-time and two part-time staffers, now has four full-time and three part-time employees. Bob Duffett, DWU president, says that most of those dollars saved have been allocated to academics.

“We are committed to academic excellence and determined that putting resources into programs and top-notch faculty has the most impact on our students,” he said.

DWU depends on its alumni, friends and community members to reach the Wesleyan Fund goal each year – including its own staff and faculty.

“We think it’s a powerful message that 96 percent of Dakota Wesleyan faculty and staff make monthly or annual donations toward the Wesleyan Fund,” Kriese said.

There were 183 John Wesley Society members for 2011-12, compared 147 just four years ago. John Wesley Society members are contributors of $1,000 or more annually.

More information about the Wesleyan Fund can be found at the advancement website, www.dwu.edu/giving/index.htm. DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, visit www.dwu.edu.


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