Many of you are familiar with the Old Testament story of God’s instruction to Moses to send some men to “spy out the land of Canaan” (Numbers 13:1, NRSV). Moses sent 12 Israelite leaders, who spent 40 days doing reconnaissance work on the land God had promised to their people. Upon their return, the men reported that it would be impossible for the Israelites to overtake this land, as it was full of fortified towns and strong people. Only two -- Joshua and Caleb -- had faith that with God, what might seem impossible isn’t at all.
Scripture is full of similar stories of God calling His people to believe His promises and take on daunting tasks. And at Point University, I believe we’ve been called to just such a task. The Point Forward
campaign represents the largest fundraising effort in our institution’s history, and its success will have a tremendous impact on the University for generations to come.
The momentum of the Point Forward
campaign is already building. Generous friends have donated real estate, such as the William T. Parr House and a nearby apartment complex, to the University. The value of these facilities, pledges and cash already received, together with cash reserves from operations, totals $12 million.
In addition, within months of kicking off the capital campaign, we received a significant matching grant challenge from an anonymous foundation. Although we had 12 months to raise new cash and verifiable pledges in the matching grant amount, through God’s help we were able to raise it in less than six months. Many more foundation proposals are in process, as well.
Meeting our campaign goal of $20 million would be a blessing to the University in many ways. Completing phase one of the Point Forward
campaign will allow us to begin our operations in West Point debt free. Funds from the campaign will provide additional classrooms, facilities and new technologies to improve the educational experience for both our Access and traditional programs in West Point.
Please prayerfully consider a gift or pledge to Point Forward
. Our vision is bold. Our task is formidable. But our confidence is strong – and with your help, we can reach our goals and propel Point University forward.
Dean C. Collins ’79