- I'm writing on behalf of our hard-working Gateway Campaign Committee with a mid-summer progress report: good news, and a reminder that there is still time to be counted if you haven't yet contributed.
- We have raised nearly $2,350,000 of our $2,600,000 goal, and discussions continue to go well with a major foundation from which we are seeking a gift of $300,000. We expect to know in October whether we will receive this capstone gift, which would put us comfortably over our goal. Accordingly the NEH has extended our deadline for claiming all matching funds from July 31 to December 31.
- Meanwhile, we are finishing strong as regards contributions: donors now number more than 1,200, over 100 of them making their first Gateway contributions in just the last two months, and many responding to a group of Board and Campaign Committee members who offered $29,000 in additional gifts to match contributions from new donors ($65 was the suggested amount). Please join them and be even more generous if you can: we need to keep the momentum going!
- The Campaign endowment is now large enough to fund the ongoing operations of the American Office of L’Année philologique and all other activities such as enhanced teaching awards and additional minority scholarships designated by donors, but we still have a number of very important goals that need support.. Any new unrestricted gifts to the Campaign will generate income as early as 2014 that the Board of Directors can use for new programs to carry out the goals established at its recent retreat and share our love of Classics with a wider audience.
- The “Friends” funds that raise money for the Campaign while honoring several distinguished Classicists continue to attract new donors and additional gifts. The APA web site has an updated listing of these contributors. Starting in the current fiscal year, the George Goold and Zeph Stewart funds will support activities - work in Latin lexicography and the training of secondary school teachers, respectively - that were important to these two scholars. It is the long-standing policy of the APA Board to approve such designations only when the underlying fund has received at least $50,000 in gifts, but donors may make additional gifts at any time.
- At the close of the Campaign, the APA will send to all contributors a keepsake permanent record of this historic Campaign with the names of all who have contributed by December 31.
- I encourage all of you, particularly those who have not yet made Campaign contributions, to make a donationnow before the Campaign closes. You will be on record as demonstrating to potential major donors the broad support that this effort has among APA members and increase the endowment funds available for us to make a strong case for Classics in the 21st Century. Many members have recently made a gift of $65 as I have suggested in previous communications. Please join them and be even more generous if you can.