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Vice President's Report

Dear Friends of Trinity College,                                               

Thank you for your interest in our Annual Report of Philanthropy, which celebrates and recognizes the individuals and organizations whose support helps Trinity College preserve and enhance its legacy of academic excellence. As vice president for college advancement, I am honored to help alumni, parents, and friends of the College invigorate the unique liberal arts education that Trinity provides, and I am profoundly grateful that many of you have invested in Trinity’s growth through your philanthropy.

During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016, gifts to Trinity for all purposes — the Trinity College Fund, capital projects, and the endowment — reached more than $22 million. I invite you to click here for a summary of giving by type, constituency, purpose, and major area.

Several successes highlighted our annual fundraising results, including:

Increase in Giving and Participation
In the past year, we saw increased giving among parents, up 6 percent in participation and 7 percent in dollars raised. First-year parents nearly doubled dollars raised and increased participation by 25 percent over last year’s first-year class. Senior Class giving exceeded 90 percent participation for the 11th year in a row, with 91 percent of the class contributing.

Successful Athletics Giving Week
In February, Trinity’s inaugural Athletics Giving Week raised more than $900,000 in current-use gifts to support our varsity sports teams ― a 35 percent increase in donors to athletics.

Giving Day Most Successful Yet
Our third annual Giving Day on April 20 was the most successful yet, raising $2,401,209 for the Trinity College Fund. With support worldwide from 2,313 alumni, parents, students, friends, faculty, and staff, we exceeded our monetary and participation goals of $2.25 million and 2,250 donors.

Support for a Wide Variety of Initiatives
The College received the following gifts to support the student academic and co-curricular experience, excellence in faculty teaching and research, and service to the global community:
•    More than $4 million for financial aid to ensure access for students of high academic achievement, exceptional character, and demonstrated financial need.
•    More than $600,000 for student leadership programs, including the Kelter Catalyst Leadership Program and the Bantam Network, providing support for first-year students.
•    $2.5 million for campus enhancements, including the Gruss Music Center; the Crescent Street Building ― a space that will bridge the fields of neuroscience and the arts and incorporate gathering spaces that foster creativity and collaboration among all members of the Trinity community; and substantial renovations to the playing fields that match the tradition of excellence in Bantam athletics.
•    $3.2 million to connect Trinity with community engagement initiatives such as Computer Science Principles, Hartford.Health.Works., Dream Camp, and the HMTCA Summer Science Academy.

The support of each individual and organization listed in this report will have a long-lasting impact on the entire Trinity community. On behalf of President Berger-Sweeney and the College, I thank you for your philanthropy.

Sincerely,
 
Jack Fracasso
Vice President for College Advancement