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Dartmouth campaign reaches $1 billion mark

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/17/08 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

The Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience reached an important milestone in December 2007, surpassing $1 billion in gifts since its launch in 2002. More than 65 percent of alumni and roughly 66,000 alumni, parents, and friends of the College have invested in the lives of students and faculty with their donations to programs, endowments, the annual fund, and facilities-keeping Dartmouth at the leading edge of American higher education.

Following a record fund-raising month in December, the campaign has raised $1.012 billion as of December 31, 2007 and is on pace to achieve its $1.3 billion goal by December 31, 2009. It is the largest fund-raising effort in Dartmouth history, embracing the strategic objectives of the College's undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences as well as its three professional schools: the Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Dartmouth Medical School.

"Dartmouth people care passionately about their college," said President James Wright. "What binds us is a devotion to a mission that is at once historic, going back nearly two-and-a-half centuries, and forward-looking, with an eye always on the next horizon. That's how we strive to provide one of the best educational experiences in the world. The generosity of alumni, parents, and friends is essential to that effort. We're grateful that gifts from a broad segment of the Dartmouth community are enabling us to achieve ambitious goals."

Campaign gifts have had a measurable impact on nearly every aspect of a Dartmouth education. They support the work of students and faculty inside classrooms and laboratories, practice rooms and athletic fields, in community-based nonprofits, in residence halls, and overseas in international study. Disciplines ranging from ethics to the digital arts, environmental science to computational science have all been advanced in an environment that encourages close student-faculty interaction, a complementary relationship between teaching and research, and the development of well-rounded students who will become global citizens.

"We're encouraged by our progress to date, but mindful that we still have much work ahead of us," said campaign co-chairs Brad Evans, Class of 1964, Peter Fahey, Class of 1968 and Thayer School 1970, and Steve Mandel, Class of 1978 in a joint statement. "We are pleased that so many alumni express their love for Dartmouth, and support its mission, by contributing financially. This is an important time in the life of our College. While the competition for students and faculty is increasingly intense, Dartmouth remains committed to providing access to all students regardless of their ability to pay, and enabling the kind of personalized interaction between faculty and students that has always been the hallmark of a Dartmouth education."

Progress in meeting the campaign's four strategic imperatives follows, including selective highlights.

Academic Enterprise

To ensure a personalized educational experience for all Dartmouth students, relevant to their time.

  • Campaign Goal: $711 Million
  • Achievement: $472.3 Million
  • Percent Achieved: 66%
Facilities Dedicated and in Use:

MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, Kemeny Hall (housing the Mathematics Department), Haldeman Center (housing the Ethics Institute, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dickey Center for International Understanding).

Facilities Upcoming:

Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, Visual Arts Center, Koop Medical Science Complex, Williamson Translational Research Building, LeBaron Commons.

Faculty Support:

Endowed professorships honoring individuals for groundbreaking work and outstanding contributions as teachers, providing support for pioneering new programs and innovative educational opportunities: Neukom Professorship in Computational Science, Sherman Fairchild Professorships in Emerging Fields, Evans Family Distinguished Professorship, Dartmouth Professorship of Biological Sciences, Stuart Professorship in Pediatric Oncology, Pearl Professorship in Environmental Studies, Clements Professorship in Politics and Democracy, Hansen Professorship for Teaching and Scholarship, Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer, Reeves Professorship in Neurology, Byrne Professorship, Jordan 1911 Tuck 1912 Professorship, Hutchinson Professorship in Innovation, Pritzker Chair in Biomedical Engineering.

Other Highlights:

Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Morris Fund for the Ethics Institute, Cohen Curator of American Art, Citrin Technological Innovation Fund, Sacks Fund for Experimental Off-Campus Programs, Whittemore Distinguished Artists Fund, Russell Endowment for the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, Callender Fund for Digital Library Initiatives.

Residential and Campus Life

To foster human understanding, lifelong friendships, and an appreciation for community and place.

  • Campaign Goal: $186 Million
  • Achievement: $159.3 Million
  • Percent Achieved: 85%
Facilities Dedicated and in Use:

Berry, Bildner, Byrne II, Fahey, Goldstein, McLane, Rauner, and Thomas residence halls;  Floren Varsity House; Alumni Gym Renovation and Fitness Center.

Facilities Upcoming:

Tuck Living and Learning Complex, Burnham Soccer Field, renovated baseball stadium, Class of 1953 Commons (dining hall), and Thayer Dining Hall replacement.

Other Highlights:

Endowments for Upper Valley community service programs, Dartmouth Outing Club, coaching positions and dozens of varsity and intramural sports; Shoolman Social Justice Lectureship Fund; King Fund for Multi-Faith Initiatives; Women in Science Project.

Financial Aid

Because ability, not ability to pay, should determine who receives a Dartmouth education.

  • Campaign Goal: $166 Million
  • Achievement: $95 Million
  • Percent Achieved: 57%

Nearly $78 million for undergraduate scholarships enabling 132 new scholarships per year based on the average $30,341 package for members of the Class of 2011.

The Current Student Experience funded through Annual Giving

To help Dartmouth remain nimble and meet its pressing financial needs.

  • Campaign Goal: $244 Million
  • Achievement: $186.7 Million
  • Percent Achieved: 77%

The Dartmouth College Fund, which raises unrestricted dollars that support roughly 10 percent of the College's annual budget, set a new record last year with $39.2 million in gifts, a 28 percent increase over the previous year, and a participation rate of 51 percent (24,778 alumni). Annual funds for the three professional schools have also had strong showings. Outstanding senior class fund-raising for three consecutive years: 80% participation in 2007, 73% in 2006, 55% in 2005.

In addition to the achievements above, Dartmouth has received $98.3 million in gifts not targeted to the four strategic imperatives, or for purposes whose designations are pending.

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