Thanks to the generous support and participation of alumni, parents, students and friends, Columbia College had another successful year, raising $29 million in Fiscal Year 2013–2014, including $17.6 million for the Columbia College Fund, to support undergraduate education. Gifts to the College help students find their voices and pursue their dreams. Your generosity gives students access to world-renowned faculty who challenge their perceptions and open their minds to new ideas. Your gifts provide opportunities for students to discover their passions, hone their talents and skills, and explore careers. The College is able to provide an exceptional undergraduate experience for its students thanks to the more than 15,000 donors to the College, Arts and Sciences, Athletics and the Columbia Libraries, and the more than 2,000 volunteers who partnered with us this year.
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Columbia College Fund Success
The College Fund had its 11th consecutive year of fundraising growth thanks to the leadership of co-chairs Ira B. Malin ’75, P: ’11, ’17 and Michael P. Behringer ’89, as well as record-breaking fundraising from many reunion classes and increased participation among young alumni. In total, the Fund raised $17.6 million for immediate priorities at the College, including financial aid, the Core Curriculum, internships and student services.
Nearly 600 alumni volunteered as Class Agents and together raised $2.2 million from 1,333 donors. The Class of 2014 raised $22,682 from 614 students, and 243 seniors accepted Dean James J. Valentini’s “3-2-1 Challenge,” which asks participants to donate for three years, to encourage two friends to donate and to have their gift matched 1:1 by an alumnus/a.
Columbia Giving Day and Breaking Reunion Records
For the second consecutive year, Columbia College was the undisputed fundraising leader on Columbia Giving Day, held on October 23, raising $2.47 million from 1,585 donors. The College also earned an additional $95,398 in matching funds provided by University alumni and friends. Alumni celebrating a reunion year (classes ending in 4 and 9) also set records with $17.2 million raised in gifts and pledges. The Class of 1964 tied the record for gifts and pledges by a 50th reunion class with $6 million raised in gifts and pledges. The Class of 1989 received 70 John Jay Associates-level gifts, breaking the record for the most John Jay gifts in a 25th reunion.
Illuminating Our Future
Last year marked the end of the seven-year Columbia Campaign, which raised $6.1 billion, the most successful campaign in Ivy League history. More than 200,000 donors from 141 countries made gifts. The campaign raised $1.2 billion in financial aid for all 16 schools, with $401 million designated for undergraduate financial aid.
Once a Columbian, Always a Columbian
The Columbia College Alumni Association, in partnership with the Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development’s alumni relations team, hosted more than 80 alumni events, giving alumni the opportunity to stay connected to the College, to network with one another and to support current students. And more than 1,400 alumni convened on campus and throughout New York City for Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day.
Alumni also played a vital role in the lives of students this year by volunteering and mentoring through Alumni Relations, the Center for Career Education and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. More than 500 alumni mentored students locally and internationally, offering career advice, guidance and friendship. Alumni also interviewed prospective students to inform both admissions decisions and students’ decisions to choose Columbia, with 1,528 alumni interviewing 6,789 prospective students as part of their work with the Alumni Representative Committee. On Class Day, 166 alumni returned to campus to congratulate and show their support for the Class of 2014 by walking in the Alumni Parade of Classes.
A Special Thank-You
After many years of service, three alumni transitioned their College roles during Fiscal Year 2013–2014. We recognize the efforts of Yale M. Fergang ’87, SEAS’88, Ira B. Malin ’75, P: ’11, ’17 and Kyra Tirana Barry ’87, P: ’17, whose dedication to the College has had a tremendous impact on students and alumni. Fergang led the Board of Visitors as chair for two years, having previously served as vice-chair, and was instrumental in the creation of the Board's mandate and bylaws, providing clarity to the primary mission of the Board and influencing improvements to the nominations, recruitment and recognition practices of the Board. Malin led the Columbia College Fund as co-chair for four years. The fund grew each year thanks to his leadership and his commitment to create a better College for his children, their classmates and future College students. As president of the Columbia College Alumni Association for the past three years, and the first female president, Barry revitalized the CCAA and helped establish goals and plans that will invite participation from alumni for years to come. Her guidance and energy were invaluable in helping to establish a strategic vision for alumni engagement.
The College owes its success to the donors and volunteers who continually support efforts to provide the best undergraduate experience and to keep alumni connected to Columbia and to one another. We thank and recognize in the following pages the more than 2,000 alumni volunteers and more than 15,000 donors who partnered with us this year.