Vice President's Report on Advancement for End of Fiscal Year

To the Saint Mary's Campus Community,

One of my goals this year is to communicate more frequently about news, events and progress in Advancement. This month, I am reporting to you the results of the fiscal year ending June 30.

New Fundraising Records

In the 2009-10 academic year, the College raised $7,343,910 overall (cash in the door), a 6% increase over the previous year. Perhaps most remarkable is the 9% increase in annual giving over the previous year. Annual giving dollars are used for current expenditures and differentiated from capital and endowed gifts which are used for future purposes or held for investment. The $3,365,420 represents the most annual dollars raised by the College in a single year. The growth in annual giving dollars is a tribute to our loyal alumni, parents and friends who continue to support the institution generously during this ongoing recession.

More money was raised last year for annual student scholarship support than any previous year. Nine new named scholarships ($5,000 minimum) and two new endowed scholarships ($50,000 minimum) were established.

While alumni participation continues to fall and lag behind our peer institutions, we are seeing a record number of parents (1,296) support the College philanthropically. This is especially remarkable given the cost of a Saint Mary's education.

The College set a record in the amount of grants submitted. More than $6,785,000 of grant proposals were submitted for sponsored projects, and some $15,700,000 in requests were made of foundations. Although replies to date have been mixed, we await results for the majority of these amounts to support faculty and student research, science equipment, service-learning, student support services and other projects. Special thanks to the 28 faculty and staff who submitted grant proposals and another 22 who contributed to the grant preparation process. See the Grants Office Newsletter for a list of your colleagues who submitted proposals last year.

Two other areas in fundraising are worth noting. Perhaps not surprising, annual support for Athletics reached an all-time high reflecting the fact that our men's and women's teams produced the greatest success for a single year in Saint Mary's history.

Finally, 236 faculty and staff members contributed $216,156 through the Faculty-Staff Campaign, the third year for growth and also setting a new record. Your continuing support is highly commendable in this era of reduced budgets, benefits and frozen wages. It reflects your sincere belief in the mission of the College and helping it to thrive.

Inspiring Wonder and Other Events

Last year, Advancement began recording attendance at events. We saw about 6,300 individuals attend alumni events, 2,600 attend fundraising, stewardship and campaign-related events, and almost 1,000 alumni and friends attending other general College events. We are delighted that almost 10,000 people attend events that we promoted.

Among the new events, Inspiring Wonder (words from the College's mission statement) featured faculty speakers in nine western cities. We re-connected with more than 350 guests who were treated to academic talks by David Alvarez, Joel Burley, Cynthia Ganote, Mary McCall, Brother Raphael Patton, Paola Sensi-Isolani, Ed Tywoniak and Steve Woolpert.

Many Hands Involved

As part of the quiet phase of the comprehensive campaign, we have increased the numbers of volunteers involved with the College, through Advancement and through boards and committees that support specific departments. Last year, more than 500 individuals were involved with the College in a volunteer capacity. New initiatives launched in recent months include a new advisory board for the School of Economics and Business Administration, the Women in Philanthropy Committee, a Southern California Campaign Committee and the CILSA Development Committee. We expect to double the number of volunteers in the months ahead.

Sending Thanks

Last spring, the offices of Advancement, Financial Aid and Community & Government Relations joined forces to organize 200 students for a letter writing campaign aimed at three groups. Students wrote 130 letters to individual donors who contribute to student scholarships thanking them for their generosity. In addition, students wrote 213 letters to state and federal legislators thanking them for their continuing support of the Cal Grant and Pell Grant programs that make their education-and that of so many students-possible.

Looking Ahead

Our reorganized Advancement staff is poised to influence continued growth in all areas of support for the College. Our staff tripled the number of donors they visited last year and we expect this personal attention to pay off in the months ahead. I am optimistic that we will have some big announcements this year concerning capital gifts.

We welcome dialogue with faculty and staff about specific projects and general inquiries. Thanks for reading!

Sincerely yours,

Keith E. Brant
Vice President for Development