Grace has an unchanging mission to be a Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. However, we must continue changing methods as we prepare students to serve in this ever-changing culture. As we embark on the ASPIRE Campaign our vision is that Grace will be an exemplary, Christ-centered educational community characterized by innovation, affordability, and real-world preparation.
The ASPIRE Campaign seeks to provide funding for the four priorities of Grace College & Seminary’s strategic plan. This plan was approved by the board of trustees in March of 2017 after more than a year of prayer and discussion led by Grace educators (faculty and staff), alumni, community members, students, and the board of trustees. Each of the projects funded by the ASPIRE Campaign will accelerate the four priorities of Grace’s strategic plan: Educational Excellence, Culture of Innovation, Connected Community, and Sustainable Affordability.
Why a Comprehensive Campaign?
A comprehensive campaign supports all areas of Grace College & Seminary, allowing donors to give to what they are passionate for, whether it’s a specific program or project or more generally through the Grace Fund. It means every gift counts and every gift matters. Making Aspire a comprehensive campaign also allows us to align it with our campus strategic plan and move the entire campus forward.
History of Aspire
- Summer 2013 – Campaign Cabinet formed and began work planning the campaign
- Summer 2014 – Feasibility Study conducted
- Fall 2014 – Board of Trustees approves the Campaign with a working goal of $22M
- Fall 2015 – Dedication of renovated soccer field, later renamed 1st Source Bank Field
- Spring 2016 – Groundbreaking for the Bernard & Linnie Key Track & Field Complex
- Fall 2016 – Dedication of the Bernard & Linnie Key Track & Field Complex
- Fall 2016 – Campaign Cabinet recommends and Board of Trustees approve expanded goal
- Spring 2017 – Public Launch of the Aspire Campaign