College Raised $13.7 Million in 2016-2017

On behalf of the Advancement team, welcome to the 2017-18 academic year. I am pleased to share highlights from our 2016-17 fiscal year efforts with you.

Saint Mary’s received more than $13.7 million in philanthropic gifts in FY17, which reflects an 85 percent increase from FY16. This remarkable growth in giving was made possible thanks to the generous and loyal support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College.

A distinguishing factor of this success was the significant increase in million dollar gifts received by the College. Four donors committed gifts of $1 million or more to key institutional priorities including support for endowed scholarship, the Library & Learning Commons, and the McKeon Pavilion/Student Athlete Performance Center. This level of giving brings to light the growing culture of major gift philanthropy at Saint Mary’s, which aligns with goal six of the strategic plan.

In addition to major gifts our work is focused on increasing all levels of gifts to Saint Mary’s. A key example of this is our 1Day1SMC tradition. Our third year of this 24-hour giving challenge was the best yet. We raised more than $340,000 and secured 1,950 donors for the College! This effort would not be successful without the participation of many of our campus partners and every student, alumnus, faculty, staff, parent, Christian Brother, foundation, corporation, and friend.

Our engagement team had a highly successful year working with our alumni, parents, and friends. Last year we hosted more than 4,200 alumni at 60 alumni-sponsored activities. We partnered on 19 volunteer-led regional events touching alumni and parents across the country. We invite faculty and staff to join us at any of these events so I encourage you to check out our events site at stmarys-ca.edu/alumni-events.

Other exciting fundraising accomplishments:

Met and exceeded the Head + Heart + Hands Endowment challenge a year ahead of goal. A giving initiative in support of CILSA and championed by SMC parent donors, to create an endowed fund of more than $750,000

  • Funded a $250,000 SEBA Scholarship Fund initiative
  • Tripled the Rahill Society (legacy giving) membership from an average of 15 per year to 45
  • Conducted nearly 800 donor visits in one year
  • Launched a new crowdfunding initiative which generated 627 unique donors and nearly $65,000

While FY17 was a great success there is much more to do. Our goals for the year ahead are ambitious and I invite you to join us by partnering with us in investing in the future of Saint Mary’s College. A promising future can and will happen when all of us come together to support the College with our involvement and our gifts of all sizes.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

In the spirit of Saint Mary’s,

Lisa M. Moore ’96
Vice President for Advancement