After 543 seniors received their Trinity College diplomas on May 23, three of the newly minted graduates made their own presentation to Trinity’s president: a check to the College for $25,103, representing gifts from over 90 percent of the Class of 2010.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that senior class giving at Trinity has topped 90 percent participation, a distinction that places Trinity among a small group of colleges able to claim such outstanding giving from their most recent alumni. “It says a lot about how much our recent graduates value the Trinity experience,” said President James F. Jones, Jr.
The effort received special encouragement from Trustee Emily Bogle, a 1979 graduate of Trinity. In addition to advising the students on their fundraising plans throughout the school year, Bogle provided an incentive in the form of an extra $5,000 gift she pledged to make once the class achieved 90 percent giving participation.
2010 Senior Class Gift Committee members present a gift of $25,103 to President James F. Jones, Jr. This marks the fifth consecutive year senior class giving at Trinity has topped 90 percent participation. L-R with President Jones: Alexandra Masko, Lauren Schuler, and Krystal Ramirez. Photo: Al Ferreira
Approximately one-third of the funds raised by the senior class are designated to support scholarships for students. The rest of their gift will provide support to virtually every student, professor, program, and department at the College through the Trinity College Fund. Eight percent of Trinity’s budget comes from the Trinity College Fund.
This year, the Class of 2010 gift—from Trinity’s newest alumni—is helping the College get even closer to meeting a $5 million challenge, the largest conditional gift in Trinity’s history. The anonymous donor has offered to endow a fund for new scholarships at the College, if at least 55 percent of Trinity’s more than 20,000 living alumni are donors to the College by June 30, 2010, the close of the current fiscal year. To succeed, the all-or-nothing giving incentive will require 11,400 alumni donors. To date, the College has attracted 8,153 alumni donors.
For updated information about the $5 million alumni challenge, or to make a gift to Trinity College, visit www.trincoll.edu/givingtotrinity.