Hamilton Fund Joins Campaign in Exceeding Goal
The close of this fiscal year also marked the successful conclusion of the Because Hamilton campaign, of which the Hamilton Fund is a key component. The fund not only accounted for about $76 million of the more than $411 million raised for the campaign; it was also how most donors participated. Overall, 81% of alumni contributed to Because Hamilton, which launched in 2018.
“With alumni participation experiencing declines across all types and sizes of colleges and universities, we’re proud that our alumni are responding at a higher rate than most, supporting everything they loved and students on the Hill today,” said Kimberly Stewart Butler ’88, executive director of development.
Contributing to this year’s Hamilton Fund success were 182 alumni who volunteered as part of the newly revamped peer-to-peer outreach program. “Hamilton has had a long and strong tradition of volunteer connections, so we’re excited to see our alumni re-engaged to support the Hamilton Fund the way they do in the Career Center and through regional events,” Butler added.
Five years after its debut, the Chapel Bell Society, which recognizes donors who establish monthly automatic recurring gifts to the College, continues to grow in popularity. About one in five donors now give this way, providing for loyal and continuous support.
Other highlights of the 2022-23 Hamilton Fund include:
- $726,404 of the $7,302,095 raised came from current and past parents.
- The 50th reunion Class of 1973 recorded the highest level of participation at 85% (with the notable exception of the classes of 1944 and 1945, with one alumnus each, reaching 100% participation).
- The highest participation rate of a non-reunion class was the Class of 1964 with 66%.
- 74% of members of the Class of ’23 supported the Senior Class Gift, which will support the Community Outreach & Opportunity Project (COOP).
- Introductory giving levels for young alumni to qualify for membership in the 1812 Leadership Circle were adjusted to better reflect what leadership giving means for younger alumni just starting out. This change resulted in a more than 70% increase in the number of young alumni who chose to participate at the leadership level.
Buoyed by the excitement of returning to campus for the One Hill of a Party reunion celebration and a trustee challenge, alumni, parents, and friends of the College rallied to support the Hamilton Fund like never before. The 2021-22 fund year closed at $7.81 million, exceeding its goal by 8.5 percent — or more than $600,000.