Davidson College recently concluded the second public year of the Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World campaign. More than $59 million in gifts and pledges was raised between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, supporting every priority of the college.
During the 2016 academic year, alumni, parents and friends of Davidson College contributed their time, talent and resources to the following:
• 1,973 scholarships were awarded to 1,132 students. Of those, 213 scholar athletes received support from 101 scholarships.
• For the class of 2016, 75 percent of students had an international experience during their time at Davidson, with 60 percent enjoying a study abroad program.
• Entrepreneurial opportunities included approximately 44 internships, 25 students involved in a startup weekend, 200 conference and workshop attendees and 50 mentorship opportunities.
• More than 420 internship and job positions were posted by Davidson alumni, parents and friends, resulting in more than 139 hires at companies like Accenture Strategy, Bank of America, Deloitte Consulting, DuPont, IBM, J.P. Morgan, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, OrthoCarolina, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Red Ventures and Wells Fargo.
• 284 students participated in one-day job shadowing experiences over winter and summer breaks.
• 12 Davidson Impact Fellowships for recent graduates were created at partner non-profits like the Arts and Science Council, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Communities in Schools, Habitat for Humanity and the Touch Foundation.
Specific fundraising successes from the fiscal year include:
• Alumni participation of 57 percent, a leading figure nationally
• $16.3 million raised through The Fund for Davidson
• $8.4 million raised for Davidson athletic programs
• More than $5 million raised in gifts and pledges from non-alumni parents
• $1.5 million raised for WDAV Classical Public Radio
• More than $20 million raised in planned gifts
• More than $8.5 million raised in gifts and pledges and 61.9 percent participation from Reunion classes
• Senior class of 2016 giving of more than 91 percent
“The loyal, generous members of the Davidson community who make our college special and our education unparalleled inspire me every day,” said Davidson College President Carol Quillen. “Thank you for supporting our mission of preparing thoughtful, creative, humane students for lives of leadership and service. Thank you for making a Davidson education possible for extraordinary students from across the country and around the world. Every gift and every dollar contributes to the incomparable community that makes Davidson a leader in liberal arts education.”
The Game Changers campaign aims to raise support for scholarships, academic and athletic experiences and transitioning students to lives of impact, and every gift made this year counts toward the campaign goal to surpass $425 million by June 30, 2019. To date, the campaign total exceeds $318 million.
Campaign milestones to date:
• Raised more than $142.2 million for new and existing scholarship funds
• Raised more than $15.3 million for athletic scholarships
• Formed the Alvarez Scholars Program and the Baker-Vagt Scholars Program
• Opened the Harry L. Vance Athletic Center, a $13.5 million project
• Funded the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, a $74 million project; first phase will open this fall
• Raised more than $15.1 million for faculty support, including two endowed professorships, a digital studies curriculum, research opportunities, the Bacca Visiting Scholar & Artist Program and the Davidson Next program
• Supported more than 200 student-faculty research projects last year on topics ranging from the construction of a nitrate biosensor for environmental monitoring to the integration of sports analytics with finance to the investigation of paintings beyond the visible
• Created the Davidson Venture Fund competition that supports Davidson-led start-ups
• Funded Spike! Grants to support student-driven, student-led, student-performed art on campus
“It is a privilege to serve as co-chairs of this campaign and to join together with alumni, parents and friends in the interest of making Davidson even more exceptional,” said Alison Hall Mauzé ’84 and John McCartney ’74. “The milestones we have reached so far in the campaign are to be celebrated as we look forward to all we will accomplish. We are excited about what this campaign means for the future of Davidson and for the future of the liberal arts.”