The themes of 2013–14 were new ambitions and the celebration of accomplishments. With the inauguration of President James Donahue, we were inspired by a bold vision for Saint Mary’s College. The year was filled with much success, establishing the foundation for a prosperous future.
I am pleased to share with you that the College finished the 2013–14 fiscal year with $10,779,677 in new gifts and pledges—an increase of more than 36 percent over the previous year. Advancement focused its efforts on increasing scholarship support for students in need, raising more dollars for annual and endowed scholarships than we have in a decade. Our planned giving efforts continued with a $1 million charitable remainder trust made by an alumnus. We directed our energies to meet Saint Mary’s capital priorities—the Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center, the Library and Learning Commons, and the Student-Athlete Performance Center—securing $3.7 million in support, including a $1 million gift from an alumni parent. We celebrated the progress on the Alioto Recreation Center with our first-ever Beam Ceremony. Donors signed the final steel beam and witnessed it being installed in its place completing the structure of the facility. Those signatures now reside in the building for its life. Students will begin using the Rec Center in spring 2015 when it opens.
On the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving front, our efforts were very much about building philanthropic participation at all levels. We called our alumni to support the College by attending our events as well as making a financial investment to support our students. Our alumni, parents and friends answered our calls. Thanks to them, 6,786 donors made gifts in 2013-14—an increase of 8 percent. Our new graduates responded as well with a record-breaking senior gift campaign—more than 62 percent of the class of 2014 made their first gift to Saint Mary’s. Additionally, we had more than 8,000 guests participate in events on campus and in 27 different cities across the country. You supported the College, and we say, “Thank you!”
Looking to the year ahead, I see many opportunities. A new strategic plan led by President Donahue will set the direction for our work with each and every one of you. Our goals are ambitious: we will continue to seek ways to expand need- and merit-based scholarships for our students; we will work with our alumni, parents and friends to present creative and engaging events; and, we will invite all of you to continue investing in the life of our College—our faculty, students and new programs. We aspire to report back to you next year that 7,300 donors have invested in the College.
Abundant and rich opportunities lie ahead. I invite you to join us in making the College’s dreams a reality. You have the power to make it happen. Please join us as we bring to life the College’s new strategic plan, realize President Donahue’s vision and remain faithful to our Gael traditions.
Lisa M. Moore '96
Vice President, Advancement