I offer my most sincere thanks to the nearly 13,000 alumni, parents, and friends who made Trinity a philanthropic priority in the past year. Your unwavering support of the College, its students, and its faculty, enabled us to advance our mission of educating young men and women of exceptional promise.
A number of fundraising milestones were achieved in the 2011 fiscal year. Gifts and pledges to the College totaled $36.7 million– an increase of 60 percent over 2010. Of that total, $25 million was received and put to work immediately to support Trinity’s strategic needs and opportunities – the Trinity College Fund, financial aid, faculty support, student research, and enhancements to our athletics facilities, laboratories, and classrooms, among the most prominent.
Gifts to the Annual Fund reached $9.065 million, the highest unrestricted Trinity Fund in the College’s history, with both alumni and parents setting new giving records. More than 50 percent of Trinity’s alumni made a gift to the College, maintaining our position among the elite few at this level nationwide.
Our success is truly measured, however, by the lives we touch and the transformations – both institutional and individual – we effect. The past year saw the dedication of the Paul D. Assaiante Tennis Center, tournament-quality courts that host our men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as Learn-to-Play programs that link our athletes with underserved children from the community. The Loberg Family Neuroscience Teaching Laboratory was constructed, providing much-needed teaching and research space for an interdisciplinary program that has grown in number of majors by at least 75 percent in less than a decade, and enables our students to explore the frontiers of science under the close mentoring of our faculty. More than 20 new scholarship funds were established to ensure that Trinity is accessible to all qualified students, regardless of financial need. Last, the academic excellence of the College and faith in President Jones’s leadership were, once again, affirmed with grants from leading national foundations, most notably the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation.
These are just a few examples of the profound impact that philanthropic investments have had on the life of the College. Once again, on behalf of the students and faculty, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of your generosity, I thank you.
Ronald A. Joyce
Vice President for College Advancement