The Annual Fund is the most important source of discretionary revenue for Hamilton College. Gifts that are unrestricted enable the college to provide resources to those areas where the need is greatest. The Hamilton College Annual Fund turns individual gifts of all sizes into a collective pool of support for the College's highest priorities and most important initiatives.
The College spends approximately 5% of endowment income for current needs which covers approximately 22% of Hamilton's operating costs. Income from tuition and room and board does not entirely cover the remaining costs to operate the College. The financial support of Hamilton's alumni, parents and friends are essential to make up the shortfall. Hamilton has an obligation to preserve its future and honor its 200+ year past by maintaining and growing its endowment.
All contributions to the Annual Fund are applied directly to three priorities touching every student on the Hill:
First, Financial Aid. Your contribution helps hard-working, motivated students join the Hamilton family regardless of their ability to afford a world-class liberal arts education.
Second, Career and Life Outcomes. Your gift will help students gain real-world experience through paid internships, summer research opportunities, community service and campus employment.
Third, Communication Skills and Leadership. Your support bolsters the College’s Writing and Oral Communications Centers, and helps provide thousands of student contact hours related to writing- and speaking-intensive courses.
During the 20012 - 2013 campaign, nearly 9,000 alumni made annual gifts to the College. This resulted in a 48% participation rate. The participation rate of a college's alumni is often used to indicate alumni satisfaction. Below are 2012 - 2013 comparative fund raising figures. You can see for yourself how Hamilton stacked up.
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Matching gifts are dollars matched by employers in response to charitable contributions made by employees. Retirees, as well as spouses and domestic partners of employees often are also eligible for corporate matching gifts. To find out if your employer is a matching gift company, please contact your personnel or human resources office. To have your gift matched, complete a matching gift form and return it, along with your contribution, to the Office of Annual Giving. Matching gifts can help you qualify for giving clubs recognition.
If you are not sure if your company will match your gift, access the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Matching Gifts Online Search to find out.