Now to Next: The Campaign for Franklin & Marshall is going strong -- even in the midst of a global pandemic.
"Franklin & Marshall's alumni, parents and friends have generously responded to the call for support," said Matthew Eynon, vice president for College Advancement. "The act of giving is personal and powerful because it's a way for each of us to connect with the people and programs that have been important in our own lives. Together, those gifts create the collective energy that keeps our College strong. I'm so grateful to all who keep the College among their philanthropic and volunteer priorities and have made this year a success."
总捐款达到了本财年结束亿$ 19.3 6月30日，活动共推至1.68亿$，因为它在2亿$的目标关闭。 5300名多校友2800对的父母和朋友在2020年财年促成了大学的慈善支持。 “这些未来18个月，因为我们完成了我们下一次活动，将关系很大关系学院未来的资金实力，”艾农解释说。
Support for each of the campaign's priorities remains strong. Since the start of the campaign, donors have given $100 million to the priority of advancing academic excellence, which includes $61 million in financial aid support; $38 million to help strengthen an extraordinary student experience; and $18 million to support every student every day through the Franklin & Marshall Fund, including annual fund support for financial aid and athletics.
A highlight of the fiscal year was “More Than,” the College's inaugural Day of Giving, which took place over 1,787 minutes – in honor of F&M's founding year – on March 10 and 11. More than 2,000 donors helped the effort raise $568,542 for the Franklin & Marshall Fund.
Shortly after the Day of Giving, the COVID-19 global pandemic forced F&M to complete its spring semester online -- and moved all college advancement staff to remote work structures. To help students who had urgent financial needs, the College launched the Student Hardship & Emergency Fund, which quickly raised $123,846.
The Franklin & Marshall Fund, through both unrestricted and donor-designated gifts, is a critical element of the College's annual budget. The fund supports need-based financial aid, academic programs, athletics, campus life and other key College priorities. The annual fund received $4.4 million in the 2020 fiscal year, with more than $766,000 earmarked for financial aid.
Contributions to F&M's athletics program were another bright spot, with more than $617,000 designated to the support of student-athletes via the Diplomatic Athletic Club.
In addition to giving, alumni volunteers helped support a memorable True Blue Weekend; more than 3,000 alumni, parents and friends celebrated on campus last October. The 主页coming weekend included the commemoration of events 50 years ago that led to dynamic changes on campus, from the May 1969 African American student protest to F&M's admission of women that fall. These extraordinary events and their anniversaries are major College milestones.
"It's important that we maintain and boldly increase our philanthropic momentum this year," Eynon said. "The pandemic has created enormous expenses for the College. If anyone can rise to this challenge, it's F&M's alumni, parents and friends. This is a group that has proven its tenacity just by being graduates of this incredibly high-quality institution. Every gift matters, no matter its size, because it combines with the gifts of others and because it contributes to our participation rate, which is a reflection of F&M's strength. The year ahead is filled with challenges and opportunities. The promise of the future for Franklin & Marshall College will continue to inspire alumni and parent engagement and support.”