Since August 2007 we have now raised over £23 million in gifts and pledges towards the target of £30 million. We have been helped considerably by two fundraising boards composed of alumni – The Campaign Board, chaired jointly by John Booth (1976) and Charles Manby (1976) and the Americas Capital Gifts Group, chaired by David Harvey (1957).
Sir Howard Stringer, (Merton, 1961, History), former CEO of the Sony Corporation and currently Chairman of Sony, together with his wife Dr Jennifer Patterson, has donated £1 million to Merton College to be used for the College's Schools Liaison and Access work. This gift was inspired by the recent Moritz-Heyman gift of £25 million to the University of Oxford to endow scholarships for Oxford University undergraduates with the lowest household incomes. The very generous Stringer-Patterson gift counts at 100% towards leveraging the next tranche of Moritz-Heyman Funds. The Moritz-Heyman scheme's matched funding challenge to the collegiate University will generate an unprecedented total of £300m to support Oxford undergraduates from lower-income backgrounds within the UK.
Our Campaign brochure was published in July 2011 and sent to Mertonians, parents and friends worldwide.
Take a look at or download the PDF copy below.
Merton’s 750th Anniversary Campaign, Sustaining Excellence was formally launched on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at a reception at Drapers Hall, London, attended by 300 Mertonians and Friends of the College. The Campaign was launched by the Warden, Sir Martin Taylor, and the two Co-Chairs of the Campaign: John Booth and Charles Manby (1976). Professor Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow) spoke about 'The Future of Higher Education: Whither Oxbridge?'
At the time of the launch, £15.75 million had been raised in gifts and pledges towards the Campaign since August 2007. 19% of the money donated towards the Campaign has come in via the Annual Fund (gifts under £25,000) and we are grateful to the hundreds of contributors who have made donations during this time. Every gift, great or small, makes a difference and encourages others to give. We aim to increase the overall participation level from 20% to 30% of all College members during the course of the Campaign.
The event was also covered by the University website.