Annual Report 2018–19: Advancement Vice President Lisa M. Moore Update

Lisa MooreThanks to thousands of donors and volunteers, the impact of generous support can be felt across Saint Mary’s College. The 2018–19 year brought much to celebrate. More than $17.1 million was raised for a wide-array of university priorities, which brought Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary’s to more than $122 million toward its goal of $125 million as of June 30, 2019.

Since our public launch of the Campaign in April 2018, donors have given more than $19 million in new charitable gifts and intentions! This level of engagement at Saint Mary’s is building a new future for the College: one filled with opportunity for our students, support for our faculty, and financial stability to build upon for years to come.

There are more stories than can possibly be shared here about the difference your generosity can make at the College, but here are just a few from the past year that celebrate this impact.

  • In fall 2018, the College welcomed 10 new first-year students from Cristo Rey San Jose High School. This group of students represents all that is good about Saint Mary’s. Academically gifted and curious, first in their families to attend college, and committed to making our society a better place, these 10 students were able to join the Saint Mary’s family thanks to two generous donors who funded the Cristo Rey San Jose Annual Scholarship Fund. This scholarship provided much needed aid that would not otherwise be available through existing financial aid means. We are honored to welcome back all 10 of these students this fall.
  • Investments for two of our most pressing capital projects include a $3 million new grant for phase two of the Student Athlete Performance Complex and a $2 million grant for the Library & Innovation Center. These leadership gifts are significant because they allow Saint Mary’s to build and maintain the type of facilities that our entire community deserves.

Our fifth annual 1Day1SMC 24-hour giving day raised more than $600,000 thanks to thousands of gifts of every size from donors like you. Engagement at Saint Mary’s is much more than just philanthropy:

  • More than 6,300 alumni, parents, and friends attended one of more than 100 SMC events
  • Saint Mary’s hosted 17 regional location watch-parties for the Men’s Basketball NCAA tournament game
  • Celebrated our annual Alumni Awards and Hall of Fame with alumni and friends representing five-decades of history
  • Hosted an advanced screening of the Academy Award—winning Green Book thanks to Mahershala Ali ’96

Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary's will come to a close December 31, 2019. Watch for more details as we prepare to celebrate the most historic Campaign at the College! There is still time for each and every one of you to participate in this celebration. Every gift, regardless of size, will be counted. Please join us!

I invite you to get connected, engage with us, and support Saint Mary’s in whatever way you can. Together, we will achieve great things in service to our mission. Thank you in advance and Go Gaels!

In the spirit of Saint Mary’s,

Lisa M. Moore ’96
Vice President for Advancement