Davidson College has the nation’s most loyal army of alumni – and the numbers to prove it. The college announced Tuesday that it beat <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-37959" title="davidson" src="http://davidso Break Ups That Get Back Together nnews.net/files/2010/07/davidson.gif” alt=”davidson college bug” width=”198″ height=”48″ />its 2009-10 Annual Fund goal by $1.5 million, thanks in part to contributions from a record number of alumni. The 10,055 alumni donors over the past year equaled 61 percent of active alumni – the highest giving rate of any college or university in the nation this year.
As the books closed recently on the 2009-10 fiscal year, Davidson tallied Annual Fund contributions of $10.776 million – well beyond the goal of $9.25 million. That came despite the weak economy and set a new record for total gifts to the annual campaign, the college said in a press release.
Besides the big numbers in Annual Fund donations, the college said it raised a record $55.3 million in overall cash and commitments during the past fiscal year – more than double 2008-9.
Davidson said it was the eighth consecutive year of contributions by at least 60 percent of alumni. The total included gifts from 99 percent of the college’s newest alumni, members of the class of 2010 that graduated in May. And parents of current students or alumni gave nearly $1.2 million, also a record for the college.
“The success of the College’s Annual Fund campaign is remarkable given the economic times,” Davidson President Tom Ross said in announcing the news. “To break 60 percent participation by our alumni for the eighth consecutive year, set a record with more than 10,000 individual gifts, and to raise more than $10 million for our operating budget and scholarships is a testament to the strong loyalty and commitment by our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students.”
The college also got strong support from parents and other supporters.
Annual Fund director Maria Tardugno Aldrich said, “This was certainly a challenging year because of the economy, but great volunteer leadership insured our success.”
The 2009-10 Annual Fund chairs were Hayes ’86 and Susan Taylor Woollen ’86. John Laughlin ’85 was vice chair. The parent campaign was chaired by Lise and Brandon Sweitzer, with Cynnie and Tom Ogden as vice chairs. Linnea Buttermore ’10 and John Edwards ’10 led the Senior Class gift campaign. Ms. Aldrich also thanked the 170 Annual Fund volunteer class chairs, who represented all graduated classes. “We couldn’t have reached our goals without them,” she said.