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Spring 2010

Trinity Reporter Spring 2010
campaign update
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Cornerstone Campaign

June 30 Deadline Looms
Gift aims to create new fund for financial aid, but only if 55% of alumni participate

For all Trinity alumni, participation in annual giving is critically important to the College this June. Making a gift by June 30 means all the difference to Trinity students because of the remarkable challenge of an anonymous donor who has offered Trinity a $5-million gift–with one prerequisite condition: Trinity will receive the gift only if 11,400 alumni (55 percent of all living alumni) make a gift by June 30, 2010. This is the single largest incentive gift ever offered to Trinity. The $5-million gift, if received, will create a new endowment for financial aid, one that will provide scholarships for at least 10 students each year. To date, 6,438 alumni have made qualifying gifts. The gap is now 4,962 additional alumni donors needed by June 30.

Why 55 percent alumni giving matters
Reaching 55 percent alumni participation would likely place Trinity among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation in alumni participation. Trinity has been at that level in previous years, but in 2009 alumni participation declined to 47 percent. The $5-million, all-or-nothing challenge is inspiring more alumni to give to Trinity and restore the level of 55 percent participation–which will in turn boost Trinity’s national reputation, open doors for new gifts from corporations and foundations, and inspire pride in the College.

“The possibilities for Trinity are significant,” says President James F. Jones, Jr. “This would be a powerful investment with an extraordinary impact on generations of students because endowments continue growing and last in perpetuity. There is so much at risk–and so much reward,” adds Jones. This is a must-win for Trinity.”

Encouraging other alumni key to success

Sarah Kravetz'08, center, Vanessa Lee '08, left, and Leighann Kinter '08
Class agent Sarah Kravetz '08, center, with roomates Vanessa Lee'08, left, and Leighann Kinter '08
Alumni gifts support faculty and academic programs, financial aid, intercollegiate athletics, student activities, and campus facilities. The success of the $5-million challenge depends on alumni spreading the word to Trinity friends and classmates. Class agent Sasha Kravetz '08, now living in New York City, says her experience at Trinity was "extremeley positive" and she feels good about asking classmates to support the College. A psychology major while at Trinity, Kravetz works in ad sales at Food Network magazine. Roommate Leighann Kinter '08 does consulting work for Fidelity Investments, while Vanessa Lee '08 teaches for Teach for America and studies toward an M.S. in childhood education. "I like the feeling of raising money for Trinity, of helping the school grow," Kravetz says. "I've been getting the word out on Facebook, making sure my classmates know. Whether we give by the end of June could make the difference between the $5-million gift happening . . . or not."

Editor's note: Thanks to the generosity of our alumni donors, the 55 percent challenge was met! Read more here.

It's All About the Kids
by Kathy Andrews

Working at the College for more than 21 years now, Mather Operations Coordinator Debbie Cook thinks of Trinity students as family. When she and her husband recently updated their wills, they made sure their estate plans provided ongoing support for students.

"Donn and I don't have our own children, but these students— they're our kids," she says, putting an arm around the shoulder of Matthew Phinney '10, a double-major in mathematics and music. Phinney describes the long hours of preparation for his senior organ recital and his stress about the event. After a chat with Cook and her husband, Phinney relaxes and smiles. In an afterthought, he shares news of his acceptance at Oxford University, and his impending return to England—where he studied in his junior year—to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics.

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