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Carleton Announces Weitz Family Foundation Challenge Met by Board of Trustees

May 18, 2010

Carleton College has announced that the Weitz Family Foundation’s $15 million challenge to Carleton’s Board of Trustees has been met, with trustees now having pledged a total of $100 million toward the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign goal of $300 million.

The Weitz challenge promised the $15 million gift to Carleton if Board of Trustee members contribute $85 million collectively, including the Weitz’ initial $10 million gift that launched the Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections campaign, which is scheduled to finish at the end of June.  The campaign has raised a total of $287.5 million to date.

The family of Wally (’70), Barbara (’70), Katie (’96), Roger (’99), and Drew (’02) Weitz and their spouses Watie White (’93), Kate, and Meredith (’02) have designated the $15 million trustee challenge gift toward the completion of the College’s Arts Union project, located at the site of the former Northfield middle school.

With the additional $15 million contribution, the Weitz family has become the largest single, family donor in College history at $25 million. Barbara and Wally serve as the campaign’s co-chairs, and Wally has been a member of Carleton’s board since 2000. 

“We wanted to do something to help trustee-giving reach the $100 million mark,” said Wally, on behalf of the Weitz family.  “As much as the $10 million of our initial pledge sounds like a lot, we realized if we were going to ask others to stretch in their giving, we needed to stretch as well, and in doing it, wanted to give the College a creative tool to use in inspiring others.”

“It will require many years and multiple occasions for us properly to thank the Weitz family for their inspiring support for Carleton and especially for enabling us to move forward swiftly to construct the Arts Union,” Carleton President Robert A. Oden, Jr. said.