Tabor College receives $1.5 million challenge grant from Mabee Foundation

Grant boosts fundraising efforts for new residence hall

Tabor College has received a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation which will help fund a new residence hall. The groundbreaking is scheduled for May 6. Photo: Tabor College.

Fundraising efforts for a new residence hall at Tabor College, the Mennonite Brethren institution in Hillsboro, Kan., received a major boost with the announcement of a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. Tabor College will seek to raise an additional $2,236,229 to receive the money. The requirement must be met by April 12, 2023.

With an official groundbreaking set for Friday, May 6, the challenge grant represents a significant milestone in fundraising. It will build momentum on the $2.7 million that has already been secured by Tabor’s advancement office and its leadership.

“The Mabee Foundation has been such a wonderful partner to Tabor College over the past 40 years,” says Tabor president David Janzen. “We are incredibly thankful for the donors who have already given to this new residence hall project, and we look forward to meeting those who will help us complete this challenge. We’re deeply motivated by the thousands of lives we know God will impact in this residence hall.”

The building, which will house 86 students, would add an additional 28 double rooms, 12 single rooms, and six triple rooms to campus housing. It will be located on the corner of Adams and B Street, just southeast of Dakota Hall and to the northeast of the business studies building.

“There is still significant work that needs to be done,” says Ron Braun, vice president of philanthropy. “God has been faithful in bringing support to campus and we look forward to completing this task in the coming months.”

Dating back to the library addition in 1983, the challenge grant is now the seventh that Tabor has received from the Mabee Foundation. Other projects include the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center (1989), Campus Recreation Center (1992), Solomon L. Loewen Natural Science Center (1997), Townhouse Residence Halls (2006) and the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts (2017). The Mabee Foundation has issued grants totaling more than $1.2 billion in its 74-year history.

Gifts for the residence hall can be made by check or by visiting Contact Braun via email,, or by phone, 620-947-3121 (ext. 1710) to discuss a gift of appreciated assets, stocks, commodities, real estate, an IRA gift or a legacy gift through an estate.


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