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Hendrix Heads into Fall with Momentum from Successful Fundraising Year

CONWAY, Ark. (August 16, 2021) — The Fall 2021 semester at Hendrix College comes on the heels of a successful fundraising year, including $22 million in new gifts and pledges for A Time to Lead, the College’s $150 million campaign.

The campaign now stands at $133 million, according to Hendrix President Ellis Arnold, who shared the news with Hendrix faculty members in his opening remarks at today’s 2021 Fall Faculty Conference on campus.

Last fiscal year was the second most successful fundraising year in Hendrix’s history, second only to 2015, the year that the College recorded the $26 million Dawkins estate gift.

Among many highlights of this recent fiscal year, Arnold said the College surpassed its original $110 million campaign goal a year ahead of schedule.

In November, Hendrix received a $15 million gift from the Windgate Foundation, the largest outright gift in Hendrix’s history. With this gift, the campaign was expanded to $150 million and extended to 2023.

In April, the College received a $2 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation to support the Residence Hall Renewal Project, beginning with $9.2 million in renovations of Martin and Veasey Halls.

“We have made excellent progress toward our project budget this summer,” Arnold said. “Today, we are now within $690,000 of our total project cost. Demolition has begun in both buildings, and the project will be complete next summer in time for students to return next August.”

The College also increased its campaign goal for endowed gifts from $60 million to $84 million.

“This is an important element of our expanded campaign, as we seek to create a larger pipeline of current and future endowment gifts,” said Arnold, adding that the market value of the College's endowment increased from $181 million on May 31, 2020, to $238 million on May 31, 2021. “The current value of the endowment is the highest in history and is important to our overall, long-term financial strength.”

New students will participate in a variety of orientation activities through this weekend, and classes for the Fall 2021 semester begin Tuesday, August 24.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit