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A Community of Donors
Whether you made a $5 gift or a 7-figure gift,
your gift counts! When combined with others, your gift has a tremendous impact at Wellesley.
Every gift matters. Outstanding faculty, internships and financial aid, research opportunities, residence hall renovations, extracurricular activities, and more are all made possible with support from donors like you. Thank you!
FY13 Alumnae Participation
Gifts large and small represent a vote of confidence in Wellesley. Alumnae participation sends a clear message to students and potential students that you appreciate your Wellesley experience, value your education, and honor the life-long friends you made while here.
Your Color Pride
The pride and love our Wellesley alumnae have for their class colors is strong! Last year, all four colors (and a fifth for Davis Scholars), were represented in our donor counts.
Last fiscal year, we asked our alumnae to participate in the Love Your Color donor challenge. If 3,300 alumnae made a gift in June, the College would receive $100,000 from an alumna trustee. It was a great success! Check out the results at the Love Your Color website.
Wellesley Women are Loyal
We know our alumnae love Wellesley and are a loyal group. Many choose to give to the College every year. The chart below shows how many donors (from last fiscal year) made gifts to Wellesley consecutively for many years. Of the more than 15,000 donors last fiscal year, 72% of them have given for at least two years in a row!
Continued Success: Our Quest for 50
As Wellesley continues to encourage our alumnae to make gifts, we strive to reach the gold standard for alumnae participation rates: 50 percent. You can see below, (aside from a slight dip in FY12), the College's rate has been steadily increasing over the last few years. It is true–every gift, of any amount–counts. Your participation matters and has an impact. Thank you for your support!
The Power of Many: Small Gifts Make a Mighty Impact
Last year, more than 14,000 gifts of $100 or less provided Wellesley with $726,350!
With this sum, the College could award financial aid packages to 20-25 students. Without your generosity, many Wellesley students would not have had the opportunity to attend Wellesley, learn from our world-renowned faculty, study abroad, take part in internships and study abroad opportunities, and ultimately, leave Wellesley prepared to change the world.
Additionally, that $726,350 could also fund the renovations of two seminar rooms, refurbish the College's landscape, repair the Hazard Quad domes and roofs, purchase eight SmartBoards, digitize the Special Collections and Archives materials for one full year, replace the emergency generator in the Library, buy a tennis scoreboard, and upgrade one of the labs in the Science Center. We couldn't do it without you!
Dollar Sense: Your Purchasing Power
Curious to know what other materials your gifts help to purchase? Consider this...
A $10 gift might provide:
- art supplies for a Book Arts workshop
- a pair of laboratory safety goggles
- an hour of peer tutoring
A $25 gift might provide:
- orientation materials for students starting their theses
- a biological pipette
- a warm-up shirt for a varsity basketball player
A $100 gift might provide:
- one scholarly ebook for the library
- an orchid for the Botanical Gardens collection
- one set of glassware for the Science Center chemistry lab
The Durant Society: Wellesley's most generous donors
Last year, 1,395 Durant Society members comprised a little over 8 percent of the total individual donors to Wellesley College. This powerful group provided 67.3 percent of the income raised from individual gifts! Last fiscal year, their gifts totaled $24,703,584. We are very grateful for their support.