The region's economy may continue to struggle, but supporters of Saint Mary's College helped the College achieve its second-highest gift total in its history. At the end of the 2002-2003 fiscal year on June 30, Saint Mary's had raised $19,084,724, surpassed only by the prior year's total of $23,590,957.
The year's largest gifts came from the estate of Frank J. and Olivia C. Filippi and from the family of Raymond J. Syufy '40, for whom the new performing arts building is named. In addition, a gift from an anonymous donor enabled the College to establish its first fully endowed athletics scholarship, in basketball.
The greatest number of donors -- approximately 4,000 -- made gifts to the College's Annual Fund, which totaled $703,429, exceeding its goal of $700,000 for unrestricted purposes. Annual Fund gifts for specific purposes, such as the School of Education, the library collection, scholarships, and the graduate business program, also topped their dollar targets. Members of the President's Club, who are recognized for donating $1,500 or more each year, continued to provide leadership in philanthropic support to the College.
Each year, Saint Mary's relies on the generosity of alumni, parents of students, corporations and foundations, and other friends of the College. Gifts to the College help create and sustain the programs, facilities, and resources necessary to support its liberal arts, Catholic, and Lasallian educational mission.
"We are extremely grateful to our benefactors," says Barry VanderKelen, vice president for advancement. "Every dollar that comes in above and beyond tuition adds that much more value to the educational experience of our students."
-- by Amy DerBedrosian