SMC Fundraising Increases by More Than 40%

To the Saint Mary’s Campus Community,

As the College prepares to close another academic chapter, I want to update you on our progress in Advancement for the semester. More Saint Mary’s community members have been involved with our philanthropic efforts this year than ever before. I applaud your gifts of time and treasure. We are going to need even more of the community’s involvement as we move into the Sesquicentennial year and the launch of the public phase of the Campaign for Saint Mary’s next spring.

Thank you to all faculty and staff who have given or pledged a gift to the College so far this year. The spring Faculty/Staff Drive for Scholarships has been very successful, with more than 24% of all faculty and staff participating. We are very close to breaking a College record. If you haven’t done so, you can still participate by making a gift by June 30. A special thanks to all department volunteer-advocates who helped make the fall and spring drives successful.

The Class of 2012 has also set new records for the Senior Class Gift. As of Friday, 376 seniors (56% of the class) made a gift, totaling more than $13,000. Among the seniors, 77 joined the 1863 Society at the new grad rate of $50 each. A big thank you is due to members of the Senior Gift Committee, chaired by Allison Ails, for leading a tremendous effort.

As of April 30,the College raised a total of $5,928,300 in gifts and pledges for the fiscal year. Not including capital, this represents a 41% increase over the same period last year and a 25% increase over the same period two years ago. Unfortunately, annual scholarship income is behind goal due to donors choosing other College priorities. Gifts from corporations have tripled since last year as we have significantly increased the number of proposals. The College received three notable major gifts in the third quarter: a $1,000,000 life insurance policy and $100,000 gift — both for the Library & Learning Commons — and a $70,000 gift for SEBA-restricted scholarships.

The Campaign has raised $52 million since its launch in July 2009 through March 31, 2012. The College has received approximately $22 million in commitments on the Athletic and Recreation Corridor project (which includes the baseball field, Alioto Recreation and Aquatics Center, the baseball stadium and the plaza connecting all the facilities), representing about 72% of the progress toward the $30 million goal. The College has received $13.4 million in commitments to date for the new Library and Learning Commons.

The Development office is hard at work on the Sesquicentennial Gala, a benefit for student aid to be held on Saturday night, November 3, 2012. This black-tie event will take place on Treasure Island, complete with dinner, live music, dancing and a number of surprises— all amid breathtaking views of the cityscape of San Francisco, the College’s birthplace in 1863. Table sponsorships range from $50,000 to $5,000, with individual ticket prices at $500. Members of the boards of Trustees and Regents are being asked to help sell or purchase tables. We have already secured several commitments, including two at the $50,000 level. Please let us know if you would like to be involved with this event, which is expected to be the College’s single largest fundraising event ever!

The College has had its most successful year in arranging for undergraduate student scholarship recipients to send notes of thanks to donors of those funds. Almost 200 students sent personal notes to 142 donors, representing about 80% of all the students receiving donor money.

      The second President’s Circle Dinner was held on April 14 at the Claremont Hotel to recognize and thank leadership-level donors. The black-tie event was attended by 125 guests who were treated to brief acknowledgements from students and faculty as well as being serenaded by the College’s Chamber Singers. The feedback from the event was very positive.

At its meeting last week, the Board of Regents approved five new members, including

Richard Meyer ’69, John McLaurin, Jason Shellen ’96, Paul Stich ’79 and Diana Wu. And, last Thursday evening the Alumni Board approved four new appointments, including Brent Austin MBA ’09, Liane Cismowski M.A. ’06, Jahmese Myres ’06 and Jodie Russi ’83.

If you are in the area this summer, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Summer Wine Festival on Sunday, August 12, beginning at 2 p.m. Enjoy tastes from a wonderful selection of wines in the region, including many from our own alumni vintners. All proceeds from the event support student scholarships at the College.

Special note to faculty: The Grants Office maintains regular business hours during the summer. This is a great time to brainstorm possible grants to support your projects. Please call us.

Have a great summer!

Keith E. Brant
Vice President for Development