March is an integral time in the academic year for Alumni House and those working with the Annual Fund.
Each academic year, March marks a time when tuition dollars run out and the Colleges depend entirely on donations made to the Annual Fund and the Parents Fund to pay for operation costs. On Friday, March 30, the Colleges will observe Donor Day to recognize this integral time.
Gifts made to the Annual Fund account for 22 percent of the annual operating budget for the academic year meaning that the remaining days of the semester are made possible thanks to the generosity of annual donors.
“Many of the opportunities given to students – as well as to the faculty and staff – would not be possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of our donors” says Matt Fratto, assistant director of annual and parent appeals. “Donor Day is a day for our entire campus community to recognize and thank those individuals who have made contributions to the Colleges that touch all of us daily.”
Throughout Donor Day, students will be able to express their gratitude through written messages. Annual Fund representatives will be present in Scandling Campus Center with stationary for just that purpose.
“Giving to the Annual Fund is a way of giving thanks for the education and memories that have been and will be formed during your four years of college,” says Tyler Hudson ’12. “It is a way to ensure future students will have the chance and opportunity to enjoy and achieve personal goals just like students before them.”
The photo above was taken of the Donor Day flags on the Quad in 2011.