Alumni giving has been on an upswing, and last fiscal year more than 6,000 CC graduates gave to the college, the most since 2008. In anticipation of Homecoming 2016, Oct. 13–16, classes celebrating their reunion year have set goals for giving back to Colorado College. Reunion giving is a way for classmates to join together to make a meaning gift that helps a new generation of CC students.
The Class of 1976, celebrating its 40th reunion this year, set a giving goal of $180,000 and a participation goal of 35 percent of its class or 148 donors. One 1976 graduate challenged classmates to collectively give $25,000 to the Annual Fund, and if they did, the anonymous donor would match the amount.
While giving to a designated fund is a popular option, the donor chose the Annual Fund for the challenge.
“When I offered a match this year for our 40th reunion giving, I designated it to the Annual Fund for a very important reason: flexibility. The Annual Fund provides the college the ability to use those funds wherever they are most needed, be that purchasing periodicals, providing scholarships, or maintaining and upgrading technology. That level of flexibility is critically important to providing the best possible education and support services as expediently and efficiently as possible,” the donor said.
The challenge has raised $29,000 for the Annual Fund. The donor has graciously agreed to extend the matching gift to $29,000.
1976 Class Gift
Class Gift Goal: $180,000
*Class Gift Progress: $409,354
Participation Goal: 35% or 148 donors
*Participation Progress: 35% or 150 donors
*as of 12/31/16