On June 30, Elmhurst College closed the books on its most successful fund-raising year in recent memory. With the highest alumni giving percentage of the last five fiscal years, the College surpassed its alumni participation goal and received 272 more alumni gifts than in the previous year.
The College’s alumni also successfully met a challenge issued by a group of alumni trustees, who pledged to establish a Light of Knowledge Scholarship in honor of 2012 alumni donors if the participation goal was met.
"This is a significant achievement for Elmhurst College and its alumni,” said Joe Emmick, vice president for development and alumni relations. “A growing alumni donor base is an important measure of how alumni view their alma mater."
This year Elmhurst received gifts from 2,167 alumni and from a large number of friends of the College, including every member of the Board of Trustees. Gifts support academic programs, scholarships and fellowships, computer and laboratory upgrades, teaching grants, library improvements and other essentials of the Elmhurst Experience.
"We challenged our alumni, and they responded,” Emmick said. “I am grateful to our trustees who issued the challenge, and I am grateful to all of our alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty and staff who made philanthropic gifts this year.”