CONNECT: The Campaign for Harrisburg University.
Office of University Advancement
Harrisburg University’s inaugural comprehensive fundraising campaign, CONNECT: The Campaign for Harrisburg University, set an ambitious goal of $40 million. As of May 12, 2011, the University has raised $44,728,888 million in The CONNECT Campaign. The $40 million fund-raising campaign was launched July 1, 2006 and concluded on June 30, 2011.
During the five year campaign, we asked for philanthropic investments, which donors so generously contributed. But as the campaign concluded we realized you gave us so much more. We asked for a building; you gave us a foundation. We asked for a home; you gave us a community. We asked for your vision; you gave us the future.
The University launched the campaign in November 2006 to several hundred attendees during a gala ceremony held in the empty parking lot located at 4th and Market Street. Today that location is the site of the University’s $73 million, 16-story, state-of-the-art Academic Center.
Select Medical Corporation, a leading provider of specialty health care with headquarters in Mechanicsburg, made a $2.6-million gift to the University. The gift is the largest philanthropic investment by a corporation in the history of the University, and it established the Select Medical Corporation Conference Center in the University’s 16-story Academic Center at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg.
The CONNECT Campaign received its first million-dollar private gifts in September 2007 when the private family foundations of Rocco A. Ortenzio and Robert A. Ortenzio committed a combined $2.65-million to the University. This is the largest private gift commitment in the institution’s history. The two separate gifts of $1.325-million from both The Ortenzio Family Foundation and the Robert and Angela Ortenzio Family Foundation established the Ortenzio Learning Center in the University’s new Academic Center.
The CONNECT Campaign received philanthropic investments from 175 corporations and businesses, 15 foundations, and more than 400 individual donors. Significant campaign leaders included: Select Medical Corporation, The Ortenzio Family Foundation and the Robert and Angela Ortenzio Family Foundation, Jay W. & Mary Cleveland, Jr., Jay W. & Sandra Cleveland, Sr., the Kirchhoff Family, Cleveland Brothers Company, Anthony & Brenda Pascotti, Gary Nalbandian, the Phillips Group, The Hershey Company, J. Randall & Barbara Grespin, Inez and Bennett Chotiner, M.D ., The Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation, Douglas Neidich, Timothy & Mary Webber Weston, Robert & Vicki Dolan, The Novinger Family, TR McIntosh, Reynolds Construction, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and David & Donna Schankweiler.
Now that we’ve built the foundation for STEM education, we must ensure that our university flourishes with the region’s best and brightest students. The HU vision means investing in our students, building our community and strengthening Central Pennsylvania’s economy. For building the dream, we thank you. For keeping it alive with your ongoing support, our students will.