Advancing the mission of the College for students and faculty through philanthropic support is the mission of the Advancement team. Our work comes to life when new programs are supported, scholarship funds grow, new endowed gifts are received, and the facilities our community needs and deserves are built. Our work is one of partnership with all who are committed to serving the priorities of the College and we invite you to actively participate with us.
The 2015-16 fiscal year began with the dedication and opening of the Dennis E. Meiss Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR) Laboratory. This instrument and lab space was a key fundraising priority for the School of Science. The NMR was fully funded with philanthropic gifts, many of which came from the generosity of members of the School of Science Advisory Board. The impact of this will be felt by faculty and students for years to come.
A key annual goal of the Advancement office is to meet the operating goals of the College. These goals include opportunity funds to address pressing needs, annual scholarship dollars for need-based aid, and Gael Athletic Funds for our student-athletes. Thanks to many donors, our operating goals were met for the first time in years raising $2,162,431! A key factor in meeting the goal this past year was our renewed success of our direct mail efforts. While national trends are declining in this area, Saint Mary’s is seeing a strong increase in this program. Thank you!
I am also happy to share with you that our Board of Regents realigned their work to meet the philanthropic goals of the College by increasing the number of leadership donors identified and solicited to support Saint Mary’s. Their work is strategically focused on diversifying revenue and providing meaningful engagement opportunities.
Leadership donors at Saint Mary’s include our 1863 Society, the President’s Circle, and the Brother Albert Rahill Society. This past year more than 930 donors participated in at least one of these groups, with many remembering the College in their estate plan as a part of the Rahill Society. Of special note is the consistency of these donors; 162 have been contributing for more than 30 years. Your loyalty is paramount to the College’s future success and we thank you for your ongoing support.
This year we also hosted our second annual 1Day1SMC drive. Our 24-hour giving challenge raised more money this year for a total of more than $169,000. This year’s effort will be held in April during De La Salle Week and I hope you’ll plan on making a new or additional gift that day!
Our goals this year are ambitious: secure leadership funding for our Library and Learning Commons, finalize the funding for the renovation of McKeon Pavilion, grow endowed and annual scholarship support to continue assisting in issues of affordability, and to meet this year’s new operating goals; all of this is achievable with your continued support.
I invite you to learn more about the College’s philanthropic priorities, to support the College generously, and to encourage others to join you.
Together we will build a bright future for Saint Mary’s College.
In the spirit of Saint Mary’s,
Lisa M. Moore ’96
Vice President for Advancement