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Bethany College Exceeds $500K Fundraising Goal


By Bethany College


LINDSBORG, Kan. – Bethany College proudly announces the surpassing of its matching fund goal, thanks to the generous backing of an anonymous benefactor. The groundbreaking matching fund of $500,000, unveiled on November 14, 2023, has propelled the institution to reach a total of $1,040,307, achieving this milestone in December 2023. 

This transformative matching fund, dedicated to fortifying the college’s endowment, has effectively doubled the impact of every dollar contributed by the community. Jacob Spilker, Vice President of Advancement, expresses sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to Bethany’s success. “We are profoundly grateful to our anonymous donor whose vision and generosity have set us on this path of success. The outpouring of love and support from our community, alumni, and friends has been overwhelming. Together, we have made a lasting impact on the future of Bethany College.” 

In his statement, Interim President Steve Eckman, reflects on the incredible achievement, stating, “In just a few weeks, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary support this community has for Bethany College. It’s truly impressive and speaks volumes about the dedication of our alumni, friends, and community members.” 

Bethany College invites continued participation in this meaningful campaign through the June 30, 2024, end date. To contribute, please visit and select the designation “the Fund for Bethany.” 

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore, and navigate the path to their purpose. Bethany College is online at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.