Launched publicly in October 2008 and closed in December 2011, the $150 million Step Forward campaign derived its name and inspiration from one overarching goal: to help Macalester step forward into a new era of excellence by generating more support for key initiatives that directly benefit students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Macalester graduates enter the world as leaders of uncommon character and distinction, and this pivotal campaign set goals to ensure that future generations of Macalester scholars are able to continue this tradition.
The extended Macalester community responded to this call to action by investing in the college at historic levels. More than 20,000 donors contributed to the campaign, including 65 percent of alumni. By the campaign’s close on Dec. 31, 2011, donors had given more than $156 million to Step Forward, substantially surpassing the original goal. Their support propelled Macalester to new levels of success and created new opportunities for students that will last for generations.