Kresge Foundation approves $1.5 million challenge grant for Loma Linda University Centennial Complex
Pictured here is an artist’s rendering of the Centennial Complex.
At its March 2006 meeting, the Trustees of The Kresge Foundation approved a $1.5 million challenge grant toward Loma Linda University’s Centennial Complex. In order to receive Kresge’s $1.5 million challenge grant, the University must secure another $6 million in private donations to complete the Centennial Complex campaign by April 1, 2007.
“The challenge grant approved by The Kresge Foundation is pivotal,” notes Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor and CEO of Loma Linda University. “The foundation is known as the United States’s leading private philanthropy organization dedicated to assisting educational and other institutions to build and renovate facilities and acquire major pieces of equipment.”
The Centennial Complex is a high technology, student-oriented facility that will enable “anytime, anywhere” access to a vast array of health professions information. By combining the best in traditional ways of
teaching and learning with informational resources that leading-edge communication technology makes available, the complex will transform the way that the University delivers health professional education to its students on campus, regionally, and globally.
“The planning and design of the complex comes at a most appropriate time for the University and its students,” adds Dr. Hart. “The complex looks toward an anticipated on-campus enrollment growth of 25 percent, from the current 4,000 to 5,000 students, by the year 2010. Our students are quite adept at using up-to-date communication technology. Therefore, the complex is designed to integrate these skills into the learning process.
“Furthermore, the University serves as the educational hub for the preparation of competent and compassionate health professionals who may serve in 500 hospitals and health centers around the globe. As such, Loma Linda receives multiple requests for educational and health care services from many parts of the world, especially remote settings where basic and continuing education in the health professions may not be readily available. In this context, the Centennial Complex is especially exciting as it maximizes the use of communication technology to make tele-education and telemedicine available, in real and delayed time, anywhere around the globe.
“Growth, technological innovation, and global connectivity have been the guiding themes for the design of the complex and the fund generation efforts that will bring it about.
“The foundation’s challenge grant is also an expression of confidence in the University for its efforts to provide up-to-date facilities to serve students well into the future, and for the implementation of a solid fundraising program. We could not overstate how pleased and grateful we are at The Kresge Foundation’s approval of its generous challenge grant.”
At the time of the March 2006 grant announcement, The Kresge Foundation had awarded 59 grants for a total of $41,990,000. The foundation will continue to make grants throughout the year.
John E. Marshall III, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, indicated that “in this cycle of grant making, our Trustees were pleased to support a range of organizations reflecting almost the entire breadth of the nonprofit sector. This diverse group is responding to the new challenge presented by their communities or sustaining activities that have demonstrated their effectiveness.”
The Kresge Foundation is a national foundation with $3.1 billion in assets. Through its grant-making programs, the foundation seeks to strengthen nonprofit organizations by catalyzing their growth, connecting them to their stakeholders, and challenging greater support through grants.
The foundation’s core grant-making activity is its capital challenge grants program. In this program, the foundation focuses on opportunities to strengthen leadership and giving through challenge grants for capital projects. Projects supported include the construction and renovation of facilities, acquisition of property, and purchase of equipment.
Grant recipients have raised initial funds toward their respective projects before requesting foundation support. Kresge grants are then made on a challenge basis, requesting the raising of the remaining balance, by a deadline.
In 2005, the foundation awarded 212 grants totaling $131,770,027 to organizations operating in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Mexico.
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Centennial Complex is being held at 3:30 p.m. on April 7, 2006, as part of Loma Linda’s centennial celebrations. While site preparations for the complex have already begun, actual construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2006, with completion expected for the fall of 2008.
Merging communication technology into the teaching of the health professions, the Centennial Complex shapes the “Loma Linda University of the future” for its students. Key elements in the complex include one of the nation’s foremost anatomical sciences centers, a clinical performance and assessment center, a technological hub (the nerve center for making health professions education available anytime, anywhere in the world), an amphitheater center containing two amphitheaters (250 and 350 students respectively), and a series of smart classrooms, laboratories, and other teaching and learning areas.
Fundraising for the complex has moved forward well, with many alumni and other individual friends, corporations, and other foundations making critically required philanthropic commitments to this new, modern teaching facility. Key to energizing fundraising have been the members of the Complex’s Campaign steering committee. The committee is co-chaired by two alumni families—Raye McAnally Lofgren and Carlton Lofgren, DDS; and Patti Shryock Wallace and Carleton Wallace, MD. Along with other committee members, they have led and inspired their many alumni and other friends to support this project through significant gifts.
By Albin Grohar, PhD