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With only one week left in the fiscal year, many of the College's suppporters are making that a priority. Some have had to reduce their gifts but others have stepped up with larger contributions, saying they realize it’s a tough year and they want to help out. As of June 24, nearly 7,000 alumni had made gifts or pledges.
“Some very generous donors have been extraordinary in their support. Many people who couldn’t be as generous as they wanted to be still gave what they could,” said Ellen Anderson, director of annual giving programs. “We are very grateful. People are responding to the fact that Connecticut College needs them this year.”
Last year the Annual Fund raised $4.7 million, with overall alumni participation at 44 percent. As of this June 24, annual giving stood at $4.1 million. With gifts from another 581 alumni, the College would match the 44 percent mark.
Make your gift online or call 1-800-888-7549 by June 30.
The College has emphasized this year that its momentum continues despite the recession. A new fitness center opens later this summer, three more students won Fulbrights, and the College is adding two new tenure-track teaching positions. Read more.
Annual Fund gifts support all aspects of a Connecticut College education, including career-related internships, study abroad, athletics and financial aid. Read more. The recession makes these gifts more important than ever, and gifts of all sizes, taken together, have a substantial impact.
The Class of 2009 played a major part in this year’s drive, breaking the Senior Giving Program record for the third year in a row by reaching 97 percent participation. Their gifts will be matched 2 to 1 by Trustee Tom Sargent ’82, who helped found the program during his own senior year.
President Higdon and his wife, Ann, thanked the seniors by inviting them to a gala reception at the Mystic Arts Center, where they enjoyed live jazz and a riverfront sunset. Read more.