Giving to Franklin & Marshall College grew significantly in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, buoyed by record-high contributions to F&M’s annual fund and strong engagement with the College by alumni of all generations.
Total giving to F&M reflected rising support from two key groups—younger alumni and Reunion classes.
F&M’s Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD alumni) cited two important reasons for giving—the impact F&M continues to have on their lives and an awareness that increased alumni giving participation helps enhance F&M’s standing in national college rankings.
Reunion classes raised a total of $5.55 million, led by the Class of 1958, which raised a class record of $1.19 million. Reunion class giving to the Franklin & Marshall Fund reached an all-time high of $983,460, with the balance of Reunion giving allocated to supporting endowment, academic priorities and student programs. Three classes—1963, 1968 and 1973—set Reunion giving records. Eight all-time class records also were set.
The Class of 1963, celebrating its 50th reunion, earned the inaugural President’s Cup as the class with the highest Reunion giving percentage—a class record 59 percent—as well as the total giving award for classes between the fifth and 50th reunion, which was a class record $1.05 million. Gifts from the Class of ’63 will create five new student scholarships.
Another strong outcome for the year was the increase in F&M alumni who consistently give to the College. This sign of alumni commitment to F&M is significant at a time when colleges nationwide have experienced declines in alumni giving.