AOVision logoDuring the college’s fiscal year that ended June 30, donors continued to invest generously in the college despite some of the worst economic times imaginable. The college received gifts totaling $14.2 million, compared to $22.6 million the previous year (an all-time record) and $13.3 million the year before. Payments on multi-year pledges from foundations and individuals held strong. Foundations led the way, gracing CC with $6.3 million of the total. Alumni and parents gave $4.1 million. A total of 13,143 donors contributed to advancing CC’s mission throughout the year.

The economy affected new, major commitments to the Achieving Our Vision campaign. Commitments slowed to $11.3 million from a pace of more than three times that in the previous two years. Commitments brought the campaign total to $157.2 million, including annual support ($43.7 million), legacy or estate commitments ($55.1 million), and major and leadership gifts ($58.4 million).

On the other hand, income from the President’s Circle, whose members each contribute $10,000 or more annually unrestricted, has grown from zero dollars in 2003 to a consistent $1.4 million per year and from well over 150 members since its 2004 inception. Similarly, 1874 Society funds have grown from $550,000 in 2004 to $1.2 million in 2008 — more than double.

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