After 542 seniors received their Trinity College diplomas on May 20, five of the new graduates made their own presentation to Trinity’s president and one of the school’s trustees: a check to the College for $33,138, representing gifts from 92 percent of the Class of 2012.
This marks the seventh 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.
The effort received special encouragement from Trustee Alexander Levi, a 1967 graduate of Trinity. Levi provided an incentive by matching two dollars to every dollar the students donated, with an additional bonus once the class achieved 90 percent giving participation. “The senior class gift has become a tradition of great importance at Trinity,” said Levi. “The philanthropic support of our alumni, and particularly these newly minted graduates, expresses a special confidence in Trinity’s mission and bodes well for the future of the College.”
The majority 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.
Gifts from the Class of 2012 will be included in Trinity’s alumni giving participation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year ending June 30. The College’s ongoing aspiration is to exceed 50 percent alumni giving, a rate that Trinity has achieved five of the past six years. This strong alumni participation rate puts Trinity in the top 15 colleges in the nation—among more than 3,200 public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
To learn more about giving to Trinity to sustain and improve the quality and distinction of the College, or to make a gift, please visit www.trincoll.edu/givingtotrinity.