Annual Giving Breaks Records During Aspire

Annual Giving Breaks Records During Aspire

More than 77 percent of all undergraduate alumni contributed to the Aspire campaign, many of them through Annual Giving. During the campaign’s five years, Annual Giving saw record-setting participation and donations, and set a new record of its own: It surpassed $1 billion in cumulative giving since its inception in 1940.

Here are just some of the highlights of the Annual Giving records achieved during the Aspire campaign.

In Aspire’s first year:

  • Gifts to Annual Giving exceeded $50 million for the first time.
  • The Class of 1983 broke the 25th Reunion record with $8.3 million.
  • The Class of 1958 broke the 50th Reunion record with $7.1 million.
  • Graduate alumni broke a record with $1.75 million.
  • Parents set a record with $2.6 million.

Two years later:

  • Undergraduate alumni participation exceeded 60 percent for the first time in a decade.
  • Parents set a record with $2.7 million.

In Aspire’s penultimate year:

  • Participation exceeded 61 percent for the first time since 1969.
  • The Class of 1986 broke the 25th Reunion record with $9 million.
  • The Class of 1936 broke the 75th Reunion record with $329,005 and 100 percent participation.
  • Parents set yet another record with $2.8 million.
  • The Class of 2010 set a participation record for a first reunion with 83.4 percent participation.

And in Aspire’s final year:

  • Gifts totaled an unprecedented $57.2 million.
  • The Class of 1987 broke the 25th Reunion record with $11 million -- an all-time high for any class.
  • Parents set still another record with $3.2 million.