Campaign Progress


LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity is finishing strong, with commitments now exceeding $134 million and 11 projects fully funded. The year began with two remaining capital priorities. Work and fundraising are now complete for the $6.3 million renovation of historic Ford Auditorium as a first-class learning and performance space for Berry students, and construction is underway on a $15.7 million teaching and research facility for animal science. Read more

Already, LifeReady donors have:

  • Leah Bolden doing researchExpanded opportunity for students to invest in their own success by committing more than $50 million for scholarships, including 151 Gate of Opportunity Scholarships that make it possible for hard-working students to graduate debt-free.

  • Putnam County Spelling Bee in Sisters TheatreEncouraged student performance and achievement through inspiring new spaces in the sciences, arts and athletics, including Valhalla stadium, Sisters Theatre, a nursing-education suite in Evans Hall and a field laboratory for animal science adjacent to the Rollins Ruminant Research Center.

  • Ree Palmer meeting with mentorCapitalized on Berry’s demonstrated ability to cultivate personal responsibility and character through creation of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. Strides include a $2 million leadership endowment ensuring the center’s long-term sustainability; an innovative community mentoring program recognized as a national “best-practices” model; a new lecture series featuring speakers of national renown; and donor-supported faculty development grants enabling the infusion of ethics-related courses across the curriculum.

  • Harmon Petty creating t-shirtsSupported establishment of the new Center for Student Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, including programmatic advances and creation of a new leadership position overseeing efforts to infuse an entrepreneurial mindset in students of all majors.

  • Welcome CenterProvided a more secure and welcoming entrance for our incredible 27,000-acre campus.

Notably, Berry alumni account for 40% of all campaign gifts. We are grateful for their support, as well as all those who have made the decision to help our students become LifeReady. Visit Faces of LifeReady to meet some of those who have benefitted.

If you have questions about our remaining priorities or wish to make a gift, please contact Scott Breithaupt (91C, 96G) at sbreithaupt@berry.edu  or 706-238-5897.