Vice President's Report

Dear Friends of Trinity College,

Thank you for your interest in our Annual Report of Philanthropy, which celebrates the individuals and organizations whose contributions help Trinity College thrive. With the historic appointments of Joanne Berger-Sweeney as Trinity’s 22nd President and Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80 as chair of the Board of Trustees, this is an exciting time to be a part of the Trinity College community. As vice president for college advancement, I am honored to help our alumni, parents, and friends of the College forge stronger bonds with Trinity at the dawn of this new era, and I am profoundly grateful that so many of you have chosen to contribute to Trinity’s growth through your philanthropy.

During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, gifts to Trinity for all purposes—the Trinity College Fund, capital projects, and the endowment—reached $33,205,729. I invite you to click here for a breakdown of giving by type, constituency, purpose, and major area.

Several successes highlighted our annual fundraising results, including:

  • Trinity Fund donors exceeded two June giving challenges, enabling the College to capture a total of $400,000 in additional support.

  • Alumni participation increased, with Trinity securing 6,780 alumni donors this year compared with 6,323 last year, representing a 7 percent increase.

  • Giving Day was a new factor in fundraising success. Donors to Trinity’s inaugural Giving Day in April contributed $1.1 million, with more than 1,500 alumni, parents, and friends participating.

  • Senior class giving exceeded 90 percent participation for the ninth year in a row, with the Class of 2014 achieving 94 percent giving participation.

  • Current-use gifts to athletics increased by 4 percent over last year, with a record total of $1,054,209 received. Notably, Trinity saw an increase of 25 percent in the number of donors who gave to current-use athletics this year.

Additionally, the retirements this year of President James F. Jones, Jr. H’14 and Trustee Chair Paul E. Raether ’68, H’14, P’93, ’96, ’01 created a special occasion for members of the Trinity community to show their support for the College. In honor of these departing leaders, alumni, parents, and friends committed an additional $1.7 million to support the Summit Scholarships. An anonymous alumna also committed an additional $100,000 to create a permanent endowed scholarship in President Jones’s honor. 

Regardless of gift designation or motivation, the support of each individual and organization listed in this report will have a lasting impact on Trinity and its students. Your philanthropy will have long-lasting effects, from the students who benefit today to the people whose lives they will touch tomorrow. On their behalf, I thank you once again for your support.

 Sincerely,

 
Jack Fracasso
Vice President for College Advancement