Record Annual Fund Propels College to Nearly $20 Million in Annual Contributions

Led by a record $3,378,000 in unrestrictedgiving to the Annual Fund, Hamilton College recorded the second bestfund-raising year in its history for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998.

Total contributions to the college for the 1997-98 year reached $19,859,000.When combined with the record 1996-97 year totals, $43.1 million was given tothe college over the past 24 months.

"Hamilton could not achieve such extraordinary levels of support without thepassion and commitment that so many alumni and friends feel toward thiscollege," said President Eugene M. Tobin. "Our faculty and students benefitdirectly from this support, and they are deeply appreciative."

The recently completed fiscal year marked the seventh consecutive year thatunrestricted giving to the college set a record, and for the fifth straightyear the participation rate for the Senior Gift topped 90 percent. Alltotaled, 53.8 percent of all Hamilton alumni supported their alma mater, afigure that places the college among the top 10 nationally in terms of alumnisupport.

"People support causes that they believe in," said Tobin. "We areextraordinarily grateful to the commitment and generosity that Hamilton'salumni, parents and friends have shown again this year."

Tobin said the college is especially pleased with the alumni's support of theAnnual Fund, since these gifts are used immediately by the college to fundscholarships, student research projects, presentations by guest speakers, andattendance by faculty at professional conferences.

All of the gifts received by the college during the 1997-98 fiscal year arealso included in the totals for the new capital campaign that was launchedofficially in September 1997 and is scheduled to conclude at the turn of thecentury. The New Century Campaign seeks to raise $83 million for studentsupport, faculty development, science facilities, programs and facilities thatsupport the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, and unrestricted annualgiving.

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