During the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013, more than 8,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends, along with more than 400 different corporations, foundations, organizations, and government agencies, contributed a total of $23,736,332 to sustain and enhance the excellence of Trinity College. That total reflects $8,718,629 in gifts to the Trinity College Fund, $13,753,965 in gifts for restricted purposes, and $1,263,738 in planned gifts and realized bequests. Gifts to the Trinity College Fund surpassed the previous fiscal year, thanks in large part to the successful Impact Challenge and the loyalty and commitment of those alumni, parents, faculty, and staff members who rose to meet that Challenge. I invite you to click here for a breakdown of giving by type, constituency, purpose, and major area.
Among the highlights in giving is the particularly strong year in Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, punctuated by several significant developments. Trinity was one of only five institutions nationwide to receive an implementation grant from the Henry Luce Foundation through its new program, the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. As well, the National Science Foundation granted Trinity a major award to support Advanced Placement Computer Science curriculum development and teacher training in the Hartford region. We received our first-ever grant from the Gladys Brooks Foundation for Presidential Scholars endowment. We are piloting an innovative scholarship model with the African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation, which will enable exceptional young student scholars from Africa to attend Trinity. And Professor of Anthropology James Trostle received a prestigious Fulbright grant to study in Chile.
Athletics fundraising scored some significant wins this year as well. Bantam fans showed their support by contributing a total of $1.4 million towards athletics programs, surpassing our goal of $1.2 million. In addition, this year brought the successful conclusion of a three-year effort to establish Trinity’s first endowed professorship in athletics. Dozens of alumni, parents, and friends gave together to establish the Paul D. Assaiante Professorship of Physical Education Fund in honor of our legendary men’s squash and tennis coach.
The Class of 1963 stood out among our Reunion classes, raising a total of $6.9 million, including $1.3 million to augment the Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund. The Class of 1978 also reached its challenge goal with the participation of 135 donors in celebration of their 35th Reunion.
Financial aid continues to figure most prominently among our fundraising priorities. In the last year, the College received $4.2 million in gifts toward financial aid, including $3.6 million added to Trinity’s endowment. The Senior Class Gift annually supports a two-year scholarship for an incoming first-year student, and with 91 percent participation, the Class of 2013 became the ninth consecutive graduating class with more than 90 percent of its members contributing to the Class Scholarship.
With alumni, parents, and friends as loyal and generous as you, I am confident we will continue to work together to advance the mission of the College. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for your Trinity.