As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, it is my privilege to provide you with this brief report on the philanthropic investments of Trinity's alumni, parents, and friends during the final year of the Cornerstone and Legacy Campaigns. I offer my sincere thanks, on behalf of the College, to the more than 11,000 individuals and organizations who contributed to Trinity during the past fiscal year, and whose generosity helped make the Campaigns so successful.
New gifts and pledges to the College during the 2012 fiscal year amounted to $34.3 million. As extraordinary as that is, even more important than the total contributed are the transformations that your generosity enables—on a daily basis—in our classrooms, playing fields, and laboratories, and extending to the Hartford community and learning sites around the globe. Philanthropic highlights from the year include:
- The establishment of 47 new endowed funds, which will be a permanent source of support for a variety of purposes, including student financial aid, faculty support, athletic endeavors, and the general purposes of the College;
- The renovation of the Mather Quad, to be renamed the Gates Quad, which is transforming the crossroads area of our campus into an inviting, beautiful outdoor space;
- The participation in the Senior Class Gift, which topped 90 percent for the 7th consecutive year, and together with a matching gift from Trustee Alexander Levi '67, provided more than $33,000 for student financial aid.
The success of the past year was a fitting end to the Cornerstone and Legacy Campaigns, a six-year effort to advance the mission of the College, fortify its financial foundation, and enhance its excellence in every aspect. This landmark dual fundraising effort resulted in a total of $369 million in contributions and donor commitments between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2012. More than 88 percent of alumni participated. It is an impressive total, but one that pales in comparison to the countless number of Trinity students whose lives will be touched by this philanthropy, and it is on their behalf that I again offer my gratitude.
Paul E. Raether '68, P'93, '96, '01 Chairman, Board of Trustees