Double Your Impact

to the

Building Renovation Fund

Double the impact of your donation, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match of $150,000 by Holley Fowler Martens, MSSA 2007, and Rob Martens.
As a special “Thank You,” the Mandel School (SASS/MSASS) will give each challenge donor a special “Change Agent” enamel Lapel pin and an exclusive invitation to the groundbreaking event.
Holley Fowler Martens, MSSA 2007, and Rob Martens have generously pledged $150,000 to match contributions to our Building Renovation Fund during the “Build the Change” Matching Gift Challenge, the couple will match every contribution dollar for dollar to the fund, up to $150,000, to help us reach our $9.2 million fundraising goal for the upcoming renovation of our main school building.

We’re thrilled to announce that so far we’ve raised $109,036 toward the $150,000 goal for the Matching Gift Challenge. This includes donations ranging from $10 to $10,000, from supporters and alumni from the classes of 1944 through 2014. When Holley and Rob learned of this tremendous response, they decided to extend their Matching Gift Challenge until Reunion in October, to ensure as many alumni and friends have the opportunity to have their donation matched dollar-for-dollar.


Holley Fowler Martens, MSSA 2007

About the Challenge

For alumna Holley Martens, who earned her Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from the Mandel School in 2007, the $150,000 matching gift challenge is her contribution to ensure continued social change created by Mandel School students, faculty and her fellow alumni and to support the future of social work and nonprofit education.

“As a member of the Mandel School’s campaign committee, I have worked closely with faculty, staff, architects, and community leaders – experiencing first-hand the transformative impact the Mandel School has had on people, organizations, and communities near and far. As a result of this ongoing involvement, Rob and I were transformed in the process. We want to encourage more people to support the school and its renovation campaign,” said Holley Martens.

About the Building Renovation

Announced in the spring of 2013, the Mandel School’s renovation project aims to substantially update the school’s primary building, which was built in 1990 and does not reflect the advances in technology, education, research, and sustainability that have occurred in the past 25 years. The renovation will provide students, staff and faculty with space that encourages interaction, teamwork, and broad collaborations with each other and the community. It will involve 32,440 square feet of the building – including all of the classrooms and the relocation of the school’s social work library – as well as the addition of 3,700 square feet.

Cleveland-based Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) was selected as the renovation’s architecture firm in the fall of 2013. Actual construction is expected to last approximately 18 months and will begin once the fundraising goal of $9.2 million has been reached.

The renovation will help the Mandel School provide a facility commensurate with the quality of its education. It is ranked the #9 school of social work in the United States (#1 in Ohio) by U.S. News and World Report and is the highest-ranked graduate program at Case Western Reserve.

“Words cannot express enough how much the involvement, commitment and contributions of time and talent provided by Holley and Rob Martens have meant to the school and its future. We would not be where we are today in our building renovation planning efforts without the immense and quiet work they have done to get us to this point. Holley and Rob are humble and passionate about supporting imperative causes – without recognition – to truly help fulfill our mission of education, research and service to ultimately achieve social justice locally, nationally and internationally,” said Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.

Please Donate Today

Contributions and pledges can be made online at or by contacting Marianne Lax, Director of Charitable Giving at the Mandel School, at 216.368.1832 (