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Successful giving year

June 19, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Skidmore's alumni, parents and friends rallied together to raise over $7 million for the Skidmore Fund, part of a $24 million giving total. Skidmore parents contributed more than $4 million—the third-largest amount raised in the history of the always successful parent giving program. The parents of the Class of 2017 celebrated their brand-new graduates by giving nearly $740,000 in the Senior Parent Project; they earmarked their gift for the support of financial aid along with health and wellness initiatives.

The seniors themselves broke the all-time Senior Class Campaign record, reaching a 94% participation rate.

Alumni giving saw an 8% jump in donors at the Presidents Society's young-alumni level and a 2% uptick in young alumni participating in giving overall. Alumni celebrating reunions toppled 13 records for their classes or for other Reunion giving. And alumni helped unlock a $150,000 challenge offered by a Skidmore alumnus in May; donors actually exceeded the 1,500-donor challenge goal by May 31. In total, more than 1,800 donors made gifts in May.

"Skidmore is so fortunate to have a community of alumni, parents and friends who care so deeply about this special place. The College can continue to provide an innovative environment that celebrates creative thinking and interdisciplinary learning because of their ongoing generosity," according to Kim Verstandig, serving as interim Collyer Vice President for Advancement. She concludes, "I am honored to thank them on behalf of our students and faculty-the beneficiaries of their tremendous support."

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