A Time To Build Capital Campaign

Luther College Hits $13.5 Million Capital Campaign Goal

A historic fundraising campaign at Luther College High School has reached its $13.5 million goal.  The A Time To Build capital campaign, which launched publicly in June 2012, was the most ambitious ever undertaken by Luther College.

More than 700 donors, including 112 first-time donors, contributed to the campaign.  This included alumni, parents, faculty and staff, board members and other friends of the College.  The last $2 million was raised over the past 12 months.  This was made possible through additional pledges from the campaign’s two lead donors, Merlis Belsher and Gavin Semple, along with a group of 15 other donors who came together to help finish off the campaign.

“We are very grateful to all of our donors for their extraordinary generosity which has brought us to this remarkable conclusion,” said President Bryan Hillis.  “Luther College is a school that prides itself on its rich history of achievements and high standards.  A Time To Build has positioned Luther for a strong future.”

The A Time to Build campaign marked an incredible period of growth and renewal for Luther College. The building project supported by this campaign has transformed the campus including new and renovated facilities.  Some highlights:

  • A first-class fitness facility in the new state-of-the-art Semple Gymnasium
  • A rejuvenated gym and stage now called the Merlis Belsher Heritage Center
  • A new fine arts wing, including a band room and film classroom
  • A Student Commons area.

The new facilities were officially opened in September 2014, but fundraising continued until earlier this month when the final gift to the campaign was made, bringing the total raised to $13,505,685.  The successful completion of the campaign was announced at an alumni reception in Saskatoon at Merlis Belsher Place.

With the closing of the A Time to Build capital campaign, continued fundraising will focus on strategic priorities including financial assistance for students, the next phase of capital projects, and enhanced academic and co-curricular programs at the school.

For more information, contact:
Chief Development Officer, Maureen Harrison