RISE Up Capital Campaign meets $7 million goal to renovate and expand Riney Fine Arts Center

Friends University is delighted to announce that after successful fundraising efforts, through the generosity of donors, alumni and various foundations, we have met our $7 million goal to renovate and expand the Riney Fine Arts Center. This includes a $600,000 matching grant from the Mabee Foundation.

Along with the recent $2.5 million Garvey Center renovation, this ambitious project is coupled with many exciting updates to come including a $1 million investment in Cyber Security labs and scholarships and $2 million for a mechanical engineering and visual arts lab addition to the William Penn Science Building. In just a few years, we’ve invested more than $12.5 million in capital projects and student programming – and will continue to do so!

Through Our Next Act, the second phase of the RISE Up Capital Campaign, the Riney Fine Arts Center will see entrance, auditorium, dance studio, black box theatre and technology updates and the addition of a sacred chapel/recital hall. We are certain these long-overdue updates will better serve our students and the many community groups who utilize the facility for rehearsals and performances.

We are grateful for all of those who helped raise funds and promote this timely campaign! And thanks to you, our faculty and staff who also donated. We couldn’t have done this without your support! We hope to be able to break ground in late spring and are excited for the many creative collaborations to come.