Nearly $5 Million Donated to The Master's College This Year
The Master's College, a Christian liberal arts college in Santa Clarita, California, has just had one of its best fundraising years in its history, recording over $4.8 million in gifts.
The additional gifts have provided new student scholarships, helped fund a major addition to the college's library and visitors' center, provided more faculty support, and remodeled an existing building into a new campus alumni house.
Donations enabled Master's College students to participate in global Christian outreach projects. Students on "Team Malawi" researched para church groups in Malawi as potential partners with church ministries.
"The degree of support we're seeing from our alumni and friends is allowing The Master's College to build on our strong academic core and improve the Christian collegiate experience here for all our students," said executive vice president Mark Tatlock.
The college was founded in 1927 and has grown through the years to today's enrollment of 1,102 full-time and extension students, with 82 percent of its students living in on-campus residence halls. Part of the college's enrollment increase is due to significant growth in donor supported scholarships which help support students attending the college. The college's popularity is resulting in rapid growth in the number of students applying to attend.
The Master's College was ranked second among all regional colleges in the West by US News & World Report. It offers 13 major fields of study with 58 distinctive emphases. The college also received the maximum ten-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It operates branch campuses in Walnut Creek, California and in Jerusalem, Israel.
The college is located in the oak tree studded equestrian community in historic Placerita Canyon in the hills just north of Los Angeles. The campus, originally the site of a 1920's era dude ranch, is adjacent to Melody Ranch Studio, founded by Hollywood Western star Gene Autry. Walt Disney Studios also operates the "Golden Oak Ranch" studio just south of the campus in Placerita Canyon.
|Among the campus improvements completed this year was an extensive remodeling of the campus library reading room.|
"Our growth in student enrollment and donor support is the result of our absolute commitment to always combine the best Christian scholarship with a rigorous academic academy experience," Tatlock said. "Our graduates are going on to excel in business, science, technology, and the arts as well as in ministry vocations."
The college's president, John MacArthur, is the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, and featured teacher with the Grace to You radio and television ministries.
The college's students hail from throughout the U.S and the world. This year, students from 28 different countries and 41 different U.S. states are attending the Santa Clarita college.
Many international students are attracted to the campus through the impact of President MacArthur's Grace to You broadcasts, one of the world's most widely distributed Christian radio programs. Grace to You airs more than 1,500 times daily throughout the U.S, as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and South Africa. It also airs more than 450 times each day in Spanish reaching 23 countries, including Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Columbia.
Campus officials point to improved donor relations work at the college as helping to boost giving to the college. A popular new set of online estate planning resources created on the college's Web site (www.masters.edu) provides visitors with practical help as they plan their financial future. The resources feature information tailored to visitors based on their life stage, online calculators to compare gift options, and free, downloadable brochures that provide comprehensive information on estate planning topics.
In the three months since its launch, traffic to the planned giving resources has nearly tripled. Boyd Johnson, the college's planned giving officer, said, "When people understand the benefits of planned gifts to their estates, planned gifts sell themselves. It is a 'win' for the donors and it is a 'win' for the college."
Additional information about the college is available at: www.masters.edu by clicking the "Support TMC" button.
The Master's College
21726 Placerita Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, California 91321