About the Campaign

President Dennis J. Murray, Trustee and then-Board Chairman Rob Dyson, and Trustee and Campaign Chair Tim Brier ’69 at the 2007 Kick-Off in New York City

Launched in 2007 with an initial goal of $75 million, The Campaign for Marist was the first comprehensive fund raising campaign in the College's history.

A highly successful quiet phase yielded more than $45 million in new gifts and pledges, with extraordinary leadership from the Board of Trustees, alumni, parents and friends of the College, across the country and around the world.


The Oliver Hazard Payne Mansion, home of the Raymond A. Rich Leadership Institute

In 2009, Marist received an historic $75 million gift from the estate of Raymond A. Rich — the largest gift ever made to the College.

The bequest included the Oliver Hazard Payne Mansion, a sprawling estate on 60 acres in Esopus, N.Y., with a value estimated at $65 million and $10 million in cash to support the creation and development of the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development. Subsequently, the campaign goal was doubled to $150 million. That benchmark was surpassed in the spring of 2012. By the Campaign's Dec. 31, 2012 close, a total of $159,558,240 had been raised.


Met Club

Campaign celebration, Metropolitan Club, New York City, Spring 2013

The Campaign has resulted in dramatic improvements across the campus, and nearly every area of the College has been strengthened and enriched through campaign resources.

From impressive capital projects that have dramatically enhanced Marist's campus, to the addition of vital new endowed funds supporting ground-breaking research and providing much-needed scholarships for talented, deserving students, The Campaign for Marist has had a considerable impact that can be seen and felt throughout the Marist community, and the benefits of the Campaign will continue to be realized far into the future.

A series of Campaign celebrations was launched in February of 2013, with events held to date in Naples, Florida, on the Marist campus, and in New York City. Two more celebrations are planned for July in Santa Monica and Palo Alto, California.