Giving to the College Increases, Tops $19 Million For 2010-11 Fiscal Year

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm.

Donors contributed $19,041,858 to Bryn Mawr in the recently completed 125th-anniversary year, celebrating the College’s history while supporting its future. Giving rose seven percent from fiscal year 2010 to 2011.

“The growing strength of the economy, combined with a milestone anniversary, brought our loyal alumnae/i, parents and friends to higher levels of giving and participation,” explains Chief Development Officer Donna Frithsen P’10. “The College saw increases in all categories, including the Annual Fund, which provides valuable funds for priorities such as scholarships, faculty support, curricular renewal, and athletics. We are deeply grateful to the donors and volunteers who made this an incredible year.”

The signature fundraising effort of the year, the 125th Anniversary Scholarship Initiative, was an overwhelming success, raising a final total of $5,263,214, more than quadruple the $1.25 million goal. The total includes new and increased gifts to the Annual Fund, bequests, major and planned gifts, and proceeds from the 125th Anniversary Scholarship Benefit in New York City in April.

Corporate and foundation giving to the College rose significantly, to $3,535,533 million, up 43 percent over the prior year, as nationally recognized funders supported curricular enhancements, digital learning, scholarships, an initiative to help community-college students transfer to Bryn Mawr, and other needs. This total includes major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and Next Generation Learning Challenges (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).

The 2011 Annual Fund ended with increases in dollars, donors, and participation. Giving reached $5,242,262, an increase of $180,000 over 2010’s total, and alumnae/i participation of 41 percent.

Reunion giving contributed to the Annual Fund’s success. Reunion 2011 classes (classes ending in 1 and 6) raised $1,152,824, $400,000 more than their 2010 counterparts. Participation among Reunion classes increased significantly, from 36 percent two years ago to 45 percent last year.

Bryn Mawr’s newest graduates, the Class of 2011, distinguished themselves with their Senior Gift, which broke records for both participation and amount. With 84 percent giving, the Class of 2011 beat the Class of 2010’s 80 percent; with $5,700 raised, they surpassed the Class of 2009’s total by $1,000.

The Parents’ Council also had a great year. The 2011 Parents’ Fund raised $355,273, nearly 14 percent more than the 2010 total. One hundred twenty-three new donors supported the Parents’ Fund, and participation rose from 25 percent to 28 percent. Frithsen commended the volunteers who contributed to this success: “We are so grateful to Alison Fox and Marc Reinganum P’12, Parents’ Council Chairs, for their outstanding leadership of all Parents’ Council efforts this past year.”

Alumnae/i and friends of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) marked the School’s 95th anniversary with increased support. The number of donors to the GSSWSR Fund rose by 23 percent, and giving rose 11 percent, to $109,406.

Annual Fund Chair Jessica Bass Kirk ’91 expressed gratitude to all donors for their outstanding support in the 125th-anniversary year: “Thanks to each and every one of you who gave to the College this year. Bryn Mawr is stronger for the young women today, because of you!”

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