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CC Receives Grants Totaling $7 Million for Library Renovation

September 17, 2015

I am pleased to share wonderful news with you about two grants the college recently received for our library renovation. The press release below includes details about the $5 million Inasmuch Foundation grant and the $2 million Johnson Foundation grant.

Thank you for your involvement and interest in Colorado College. We are grateful for all you do for CC and I look forward to sharing additional news of progress.

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Colorado College Library Renovation Garners Foundation Grants

Grants from Inasmuch Foundation and Johnson Foundation totaling $7 million support re-imagined Tutt Library

Colorado Springs, Colorado — Sept. 17, 2015 — Colorado College announced today that it has received grants of $5 million from Inasmuch Foundation and $2 million from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Arthur Johnson Foundation to support the renovation and expansion of the college’s library, which could break ground as early as spring 2016.

“We’re thrilled that Inasmuch Foundation and the Johnson Foundation have made significant grants to our library renovation — a project at the heart of Colorado College’s academic mission,” said CC President Jill Tiefenthaler. “Both foundations have long-standing ties to CC and without partnerships like these we simply would not be able to provide the high quality, personalized and immersive education that are defining characteristics of the college.”

Inasmuch Foundation previously provided $10 million for Colorado College’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, completed in 2008 as a space for innovative, experimental and collaborative projects that also includes a 450-seat theater, the theatre and dance and film and new media departments, and an Interdisciplinary Experimental Arts (I.D.E.A.) space.

Gaylord, who attended Colorado College in the early 1930s and established Inasmuch Foundation in 1982, generously contributed to academic programs, international studies programs, and capital projects at Colorado College. She also committed $500,000 to the Fund for Tutt Library Collection development.

“Inasmuch is proud to continue Edith Kinney Gaylord’s legacy of supporting Colorado College,” says Bob Ross, President and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation. “Edith loved her time in Colorado Springs and cared deeply for CC. We hope this grant enhances the experience of future generations of the Colorado College community, who will ultimately look back on their time at CC as fondly as Edith did.”

The $2 million gift from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Family Foundation will provide new space for the college’s geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory, which will be located on the first floor of the library. In addition to this most recent gift, the Foundation has provided CC with more than $3 million in support over the past 38 years. In 1992, the Johnson Scholars Program was established. The program has benefited many outstanding students from Colorado by providing scholarship support for their Colorado College education.

“Colorado College is one of our country’s leading institutions and our family foundation has long supported the school’s outstanding work. We are thrilled to be a partner in the creation of this new world-class facility that will greatly benefit the students and their educational journey,” says Lynn Campion, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation.   

The college has a $25 million fundraising goal for the expansion and renovation of the library. To date, $12 million has been raised for the project.

“We’re extremely grateful to Inasmuch Foundation and the Johnson Foundation for their support of this important project,” President Tiefenthaler said. “Their gifts, and the other gifts we’ve received to date have come during a critical phase of this project. We’ll begin construction as soon as we reach $18 million in private support, which might be as early as May 2016.”

Tutt Library was originally built in 1962 and designed by renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The renovation’s design by Pfeiffer Partners Architects will more than double the amount of seating for Colorado College students, create more spaces for collaborative learning, integrate and expand technology, and include a café with indoor and outdoor space. The renovation will allow for significantly more natural light to enter the building, create outdoor terraces with dramatic westward views and add a fourth floor and approximately 20,000 additional square feet.

About Inasmuch Foundation
Inasmuch Foundation was established by Edith Kinney Gaylord for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. The foundation’s three funding priorities are education, health and human services, and community enhancement. Inasmuch Foundation invests in organizations that bring about the greatest positive outcomes for Oklahomans. The foundation also reserves funding each year for projects in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that address these priorities. For more information, visit

About the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation
In 1948, Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson started a philanthropic tradition of thoughtful giving that has thrived for nearly seven decades and four generations of Johnson family members. Through both financial support and strategic guidance, the private family foundation has helped hundreds of outstanding nonprofit organizations make a lasting impact in communities throughout Colorado and beyond. Learn more at

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its approximately 2,000 undergraduate students study one class at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit