Radford celebrates progress toward its $100 million TOGETHER campaign goal

During the past fiscal year, Highlanders near and far joined TOGETHER to support Radford University and its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. Thanks to the generosity of these donors, Radford celebrated a 33% increase in philanthropic support this year, as well as attaining $91.8 million of the $100 million goal.

The current momentum of the TOGETHER Campaign has been strengthened by the Campaign Steering Committee. This dedicated group of Radford supporters is comprised of Radford University alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Each member serves as an ambassador for the campaign and works diligently to meet its objectives. Regular meetings provide an opportunity for the group to connect and ensure success continues.

On April 13, 2023, members of the committee met at The Highlander Hotel Radford to plan for the completion of the TOGETHER Campaign. This was the first meeting held at The Highlander, which opened on April 1, 2023.

Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee, Sandra C. Davis, welcomed the group before a tour of The Highlander began, and the meeting commenced in the ballroom. President Bret Danilowicz provided University updates, and Interim Vice President of Advancement and University Relations Penny Helms White shared exciting news about the status of the TOGETHER Campaign. As of March 2023, $91.3 million of the $100 million goal had been raised. This number reached $91.8 million in July 2023.

Director of Annual Giving Carolyn Clayton and Executive Director of Alumni Relations Laura Turk drove the group activity, which presented new ways for committee members to think about their networks and spread the word about the campaign.

Attendees of the Campaign Steering Committee meeting gather for a photo on the rooftop of The Highlander.

Several faculty, staff and students were also in attendance. Radford baseball player Tanner Barrs ’23 shared his experience with supporting the TOGETHER Campaign as a student through the RAD48 crowdfunding initiative in February 2023, Radford’s most successful crowdfunding effort to date. Barrs was the number one-ranking student ambassador during the challenge.

The Campaign Steering Committee plans to meet again in September 2023. This loyal group of Highlanders is committed to helping the University grow and provide the best educational experience for its students for years to come.

Being a member of the Campaign Steering Committee is not required to make an impact at Radford. Whether you are interested in supporting scholarships or endowed professorships, undergraduate research or centers of excellence, internships or study abroad opportunities, Athletics or the Arts, or emerging needs that allow Radford to seize unexpected opportunities, your gift to the TOGETHER Campaign will make a difference in the lives of students and leave a lasting legacy.


To learn about how you can support the TOGETHER Campaign and leave a lasting legacy at Radford, please visit https://www.radford.edu/content/capital-campaign/giving.html.