FARGO — The St. Paul's Newman Center at North Dakota State University has announced a significant boost to its fundraising efforts for a multimillion-dollar building across the street from campus.
The campus Catholic ministry received a $900,000 donation this week from a couple that would prefer to remain anonymous for now, said director of development Bryan Wilburn.
The most recent boost puts the total amount raised by the organization at $26.4 million of the $31.5 million it needs to pay for the new center, which is home to faith-based student housing and other amenities.
The Newman Center reached its original goal of $21.5 million for the new building last year, but then launched a second fundraising push for an additional $10 million to account for growth in construction costs and changes in the facility's design. The original campaign goal was set in 2015.
"While discerning the best path forward, top campaign leadership and supporters encouraged the Newman Center not to cut the vision or sacrifice the quality of the facility," the center said in a news release expressing gratitude for the nearly $1 million donation.
The facility along University Drive and 12th Street North is just across the street from the NDSU campus's southeast corner. It represents a dramatic change from the former facility built with a $250,000 insurance policy in 1958 after its predecessor's destruction in the 1957 Fargo tornado.
Student housing opened in August 2021. The ministry center and offices is set to open in November, and the chapel is slated to be complete by next spring.