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.
“Annual Giving is about all of us together, the mighty and the modest, creating exceptional opportunities at Princeton.”
—Rajiv Vinnakota ’93, Annual Giving Chair, 2007-2009