The College rode a Gaelorious wave coming out of the Year of the Gael! It was a time of terrific exposure, festive gatherings and overall good feelings about Saint Mary’s.
Participation in Saint Mary’s sesquicentennial drew record crowds. In July 2012, more than 950 Gaels attended the College’s largest ever reunion weekend, and, last fall, an estimated 5,000 guests participated in the Gaelebration—one of the largest events ever held on campus. Less than a month later, the Sesquicentennial Gala on Treasure Island became the largest single fundraising event in our history, grossing more than $600,000. Basketball pregame parties (including a Valentine’s Day event in Madigan Gym with 400 people) saw the largest crowds in more than a decade. And, we capped off the year with a dinner recognizing outgoing President Brother Ronald Gallagher and raising more than $80,000 for a new endowed scholarship in his name.
The relationships built with our many guests throughout the sesquicentennial year continue to translate into generous support. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, the College received a total of $7,952,550 in gifts and pledges. The number of donors at the 1863 Society and President’s Circle levels grew by 8 percent over the previous year (and has grown by 40 percent over the last three years). Direct mail revenue increased by 20 percent from the previous year, online giving grew by 6 percent, and gifts in response to email messages more than doubled. Gifts to Athletics grew by 9 percent over the previous year (to an all-time high). The Class of 2013 established a new record with nearly 60 percent of the class supporting the senior class gift. Over the past two years, corporate giving has grown exponentially, and new relationships have been established with 18 key corporations, including several that sponsored sesquicentennial activities.
The College is very grateful to the many donors who make generous gifts throughout the year. This past year, an e-newsletter was established for the 1863 Society- and President’s Circle-level donors to communicate the impact of their giving.
Thank you to everyone who made Saint Mary’s 150th year a memorable one.
Keith E. Brant
Vice President, Development