Culver-Stockton College sees great increase in alumni giving

Culver-Stockton College, in Canton, MO

Despite the tough economy, a local college has managed to see an increase in alumni giving.

Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri saw an 11 percent increase in giving from the previous fiscal year.

The more than 1 million dollar record breaking total was from alumni donations.

This is all part of the college's campaign, "A Vision for Our Future".

In the second year of the campaign, the college has seen better improvements on campus, such as a condo-style residence and a new softball field.

"The best days for Culver-Stockton College are ahead, as opposed to being behind us. We turned 160 years old this year, and we're really excited about what the future has to offer us, especially considering that so many alumni are excited about the changes happening to really strengthen the current student experience, but also to help us grow enrollment back to approximately a thousand students again," Eric Barkley, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Giving said. "It means a lot. Our alumni are really stepping forward and helping us in so many ways. Considering the fact that the college does not accept or apply for federal or state funding support, this means a lot, coming from alumni and individuals that really care about the future of the institution."

The college was also issued a challenge completion grant by the Mabee Foundation.

If the school raises one point two million dollars, the foundation will donate seven hundred thousand dollars towards a new recreation center.