On July 1, 2008 Lafayette launched the silent phase of the historic Live Connected, Lead Change fundraising campaign. It is hard to believe that ten years ago, we were fully immersed in determining campaign priorities and fundraising materials. Six years later, we launched the public phase of this $400 million comprehensive campaign in New York City, in conjunction with our Rivalry 150th celebration. It was a momentous occasion as we not only celebrated a big win against Lehigh, but a bold fundraising plan.
Today, as we approach the last three months of the campaign, I continue to marvel at what a special place Lafayette is. We have many generous alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to thank for making Lafayette the premier undergraduate institution that it is today. Collectively, your support has helped Lafayette to become more affordable and distinctive.
I am pleased to report that this year alone we raised $40 million in campaign commitments. In addition, there was an increase in the number of alumni donors (8,032), Marquis Society donors (2,017), and young alumni donors (1,542).
As we approach the finish line, it is important to acknowledge that we have made it this far because of your support. Your gifts of time and treasure played a critical role in our success. On behalf of our trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students, thank you for your support.
Kimberly A. Spang
Vice President for Development and College Relations