The 2013 Senior Fund raised more than $25,700, the most of any senior class in Columbia College history. More than 750 students contributed to the campaign, 293 of whom opted into Dean James J. Valentini’s “3-2-1 Challenge” to contribute for three years, encourage two friends to do the same and have their gifts matched by one-to-one by an alumnus.
This is the second year that Dean Valentini offered his challenge, which is designed to encourage recent alumni to stay involved after graduation. Last year, 235 students opted into the challenge. Gifts to “3-2-1 Challenge” are matched by Gene Davis CC’75. The Class of 2013 will also receive a matching gift of $100,000 from Charles Santoro CC’82 beacuse of high participation.
“The Senior Fund is our induction into the tradition of giving that made our own Columbia experiences possible,” said Senior Fund Executive Committee Chair Maria Sulimirski. “Giving to the Class of 2013 Senior Fund allows us to honor the richness of the Columbia undergraduate experience and preserve the College so that future generations of Columbians will have all of the opportunities we did.”
Gifts to the Senior Fund go to financial aid, student services, the Core Curriculum, student internships or may be unrestricted. The Class of 2014 will begin fundraising in the fall.