The Road Traveled

The Because Furman Matters campaign was publicly announced in October 2007, with $225 million in commitments in hand. Under the leadership of former President David Shi, the campaign successfully completed the Charles Townes Center for Science, built and created the Shi Center for Sustainability, and raised millions for scholarships and endowed professorships.

Campaign Milestones


quiet phase
Hollingsworth bequest
$115 million

Estimated value of the transformational bequest from the Hollingsworth Estate


BFM Campaign Launches
$225 million

Commitments in hand at the October 2007 public launch of Because Furman Matters


Townes Center

Number of square feet in the expanded Townes Center, dedicated in 2008

$32.2 million

Gifts and commitments made to the Townes Center expansion


Shi Center

Shi Center for Sustainability constructed


BFM Campaign Donors
$366 million

Commitments as of October 24, 2012



Campaign to sunset on December 31, 2013