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Banner Year for Philanthropy

Fiscal year 2003-04, which ended June 30, 2004, proved Dartmouth's most successful fundraising year ever. The College received $118.1 million in charitable gifts, nearly one-third more than it received the previous fiscal year. The increase in support was due to contributions made toward the new Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience.

"This is an extraordinary showing of loyalty and dedication from all corners of the Dartmouth community," says President James Wright. "We're grateful for the generosity of donors and the hard work of our fundraising volunteers. These gifts don't simply sustain the distinctive experience that is a Dartmouth education-they build upon it for the next generation."

Commitments were received from 35,845 alumni, parents, friends, foundations, and corporations. Participation in the Dartmouth College Fund reached 47.4 percent of the alumni population, a 2 percent increase over last year and a rise of 6 percentage points since 2002.

What Part Arts?

Dartmouth has received a three-year $1.8 million grant from the Dana Foundation to study how the arts affect learning. The grant is part of the newly created Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium, of which Dartmouth is the lead institution.

Michael Gazzaniga '61, the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, will serve as director of the consortium. He has brought together six institutions and nine principal investigators to shape the research.

"[This] is the first extensive scientific attempt to provide a comprehensive picture of the role of arts education in changing the brain," he says. "Until now, there have always been good correlations between children who take part in the arts and their academic performance. Now we hope to see if the relationship is causal. If it is, there will be a strong case for reintroducing the performing arts back into our schools."

Dartmouth will coordinate the research and disburse the funds to the other consortium institutions, which include Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Universities of California/Berkeley, Michigan, and Oregon.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08