College of the Holy Cross Ranks Fourth in the United States in Alumni Participation in Giving

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
February 15th, 2018 by 


Photo by: Christian Santillo

 

The College of the Holy Cross has been ranked fourth in the United States in alumni participation in giving, according to a recent analysis in The Chronicle of Philanthropy based on an annual survey by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), the College announced today.

“This achievement reflects the immense loyalty, dedication and generosity of the Holy Cross community,” said Tracy Barlok, vice president for advancement. “Many alumni give back to the College and our talented, hardworking and caring students and their most treasured dreams depend on this help. A gift is a vote of confidence and underscores the community’s deep affection for Holy Cross and its unwavering commitment to our mission.”

According to CAE, College of the Holy Cross is fourth in the nation for alumni participation in giving. Other schools among the top 20 include Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Amherst College and University of Notre Dame.

Over the years, Holy Cross has built a proud tradition of annual giving, and in 2017, for the eleventh consecutive year, alumni gave at a rate of 50 percent or more, based on Holy Cross methodology also commonly used at colleges across the country to rate alumni giving participation. The CAE, which uses a different counting methodology, puts Holy Cross at 44.1 percent.

The annual survey also reports that charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States rose 6.3 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, which at $43.6 billion, is the highest fundraising total reported by CAE since the survey’s inception in 1957. But despite this historic rise in total fundraising dollars, the actual number of alumni donors continues to decline throughout the country.

Highlights of the rankings are available online at philanthropy.com. The complete rankings are published on the Council for Aid to Education website, at cae.org.

For additional information, please contact College Marketing and Communications at 508-793-2419.

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