Freeing Minds: A Campaign for St. John’s College already has received commitments from many generous donors during the quiet phase of the campaign. These include two lead $25-million donations from board chair Ron Fielding and campaign chair Warren Spector. Their 2016 gifts earned them two spots in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of the top 50 most generous donors in America (February 2017).

In summer of 2018, the college received a truly transformational pledge—the largest gift in the history of St. John’s—which allows us to set a goal for the campaign that was previously inconceivable.

Alumni Warren and Barbara Winiarski have created a challenge grant from the Winiarski Family Foundation. As a part of the Freeing Minds campaign, the Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, every gift given to the college from this time forward to any fund with a gift to the endowment—up to $50 million dollars.

With these and other early donations, we now have $183 million in campaign commitments. Once donations come in from our community to match the Winiarski Foundation Challenge, we will be nearly 80 percent to our goal.