Richmond, VA – Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the nonprofit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, announced it has delivered $3.5 million to Sweet Briar College as required as part of the settlement agreement to keep the college open. The completed payment was once again delivered ahead of the due date, August 2, and brings the total amount paid to the school to $8.5 million. The final payment amount that the non-profit must deliver by September 2 is $3.5 million.
“We are pleased that Saving Sweet Briar has not only reached its second fundraising milestone, but again completed the payment ahead of schedule,” said Sarah Clement, Chair of Saving Sweet Briar (Sweet Briar College, AB 1975; Columbia University, MA 1977; University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1984). “We hope to reach our third and final milestone under the agreement ahead of schedule as well. Our donors have been converting their pledges to save our college at a rapid pace, and we are confident they will continue to rally to get us across the finish line in style, ahead of schedule.”
In advance of the next milestone, the non-profit encouraged supporters to continue the momentum and convert pledges into donations, noting what has already been accomplished, and the many exciting milestones ahead. The college recently announced nearly 300 students are enrolled for next year, with Convocation taking place on August 26, the first day of classes on August 27, and Founders’ Day Weekend on September 25-26. Sweet Briar also announced the continuation of several key programs, including the Junior Year Abroad program, riding program and engineering program.
“In 146 days, we have raised millions and kept the doors of Sweet Briar open, and proved, as President Stone has said, that at Sweet Briar the impossible is just another problem to solve,” said Clement. “I encourage alumnae and supporters to devote themselves fully to converting pledges, accelerating a future gift or even making another gift as we approach our next milestone and the start of not only a new school year, but a new and bright era for Sweet Briar College.”
There are multiple ways for alumnae to convert pledges or make new gifts, including through checks and online donations. Additionally, supporters can accelerate pledge amounts by paying all or most of the total pledge in the next few weeks. Full details on converting pledges and giving can be found at www.savingsweetbriar.com.