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Giving gears up

“A stellar year” is how Adele Einhorn ’80 describes it. As director of Skidmore’s annual fund in fiscal 2004–05, she surpassed her goals for dollars raised and alumni participation. Total giving—from modest annual donations to major gifts for special causes—also exceeded expectations, and the new campaign closed its first full year with $58 million in gifts and pledges.

"It’s a really super start,” says Tracy Barlok, campaign director. “By making such significant early commitments, our trustees (including the four campaign chairs) are showing their confidence in the college’s vision”—and in its ability to fund and realize that vision. Campaign proceeds are earmarked for enhancements in sciences and other academic areas, buildings and facilities, and student scholarships and support.

Hopes are high that 2004–05 will be a springboard: campaign leaders and volunteers aim to sustain the momentum over the next few years, to ensure that the college can accomplish the initiatives that depend on new resources. More on Skidmore’s big plans in a future Scope; meanwhile, the recent numbers:

2004–05 GIVING
Campaign commitments made: $58,056,749
Total gifts received: $14,332,527
Largest single gift: $1,500,000
Reunion giving total: $867,101
Annual fund total: $5,216,170
Annual fund participation: 41%
Senior-class gift participation: 87%