Anonymous Trinity Donor Offers $5 Million All-or-Nothing Challenge

Trinity College has received a $5 million challenge – the largest conditional gift in its history.  The anonymous donor has offered to endow a fund for new scholarships, if at least 55 percent of Trinity’s more than 20,000 living alumni are donors to the College by June 30, 2010, the close of the current fiscal year.

The all-or-nothing giving incentive will require 11,400 alumni donors.  To date, the College has attracted almost 6,500 alumni donors.  The anonymous challenger has two fundamental interests: returning Trinity to 55 percent alumni participation, making it one of few colleges nationally at that level; and increasing the number of eligible students receiving financial aid from Trinity’s dedicated scholarship resources.

Trinity’s younger alumni recently provided a huge boost to the College’s alumni donor numbers when final results were tallied for “March Mania,” a themed fundraising competition among Trinity and three peer liberal arts colleges – Bates, Colby, and Hamilton.  The competition was to see which school would receive, in one month, the greatest number of alumni donors in the classes of 2000-2009.  The final results?  Trinity: 733 donors; Hamilton, 661; Colby, 654; and Bates, 623.

Three members of Trinity College’s Class of 2008 who have helped rally support for a $5 million alumni challenge, L-R: Vanessa Lee, Sasha Kravetz, and Leighann Kinter. 

Trinity graduate Sasha Kravetz is a class agent for the Class of 2008 who now lives in New York City with two friends she met at Trinity.  She says her experience at Trinity was “extremely positive” and that she feels good about asking classmates to support the College.  A psychology major while at Trinity, Kravetz works in ad sales at Food Network magazine.  Her roommates, also members of the Class of 2008 who contribute to their alma mater, are Leighann Kinter, who does consulting work for Fidelity Investments, and Vanessa Lee, who is teaching for Teach for America while studying for an M.S. in childhood education. 

“I like the feeling of raising money for Trinity, of helping the school grow,” Kravetz says.  “I’ve been getting the word out on Facebook, helping make sure my classmates know, whether we give by the end of June is going to make all the difference between the $5 million gift happening . . . or not.”

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