Contributions to the college during the 12 months ending June 30, 1997, totaled $23,285,754. The college's previous record was $13,527,000 in 1986-87. A year ago, in 1995-96, Hamilton received gifts totaling $12,942,039.
Hamilton College President Eugene M. Tobin said alumni, parents and friends of the college give because they want to help students and maintain Hamilton's leadership position in higher education.
"From scholarship aid and funding for travel to national conferences, to new computer equipment and money for student programming activities, these gifts have a major impact on the quality education received by each Hamilton student," Tobin said. "A Hamilton education is both attainable and worthy of the investment families make because of the special opportunities we can provide students."
In addition to several multimillion dollar gifts to the college during the preceding year, Tobin said he also was gratified that Hamilton's Annual Fund achieved its own record: $3,185,000. Nearly 7,000 Hamilton graduates -- 53.4 percent of the college's alumni body -- made unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund, which ranks Hamilton among the top 10 of all U.S. colleges in the percentage of alumni who support their alma mater.
"Hamilton is fortunate to have alumni who feel so passionately about their educational experience," Tobin said. "Their generosity enables us to provide what is arguably the nation's finest liberal arts education."
Other fund-raising highlights for the recently completed fiscal year included a 96 percent participation rate for the Class of 1997's Senior Gift Campaign and more than 1,000 parent donors for the third consecutive year.
"Since these are the people most closely tied to the educational program at the college, it is gratifying to see the level of voluntary support they provide Hamilton," Tobin said.
Gifts to Hamilton have exceeded $10 million in each of the past five years. "Just a few years ago, we were pleased to record $10 million in gifts to the college. Now, to break the college's previous fund-raising record by nearly $10 million suggests how far we've come in a very short period of time," Tobin said.