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Story by Jill Spotz, photos by Clay Wegrzynowicz

Members of the Lafayette community expressed gratitude during the College’s second annual Thank a Donor Day on April 10. Faculty, staff, and students gathered at Farinon College Center to write notes of appreciation and record heartfelt videos, which will be shared with supporters. This year, student organizations joined in the effort, including brothers from Phi Kappa Psi, resulting in a significant increase in thank you cards.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the entire Lafayette experience is elevated for students through philanthropy. Support from individuals and organizations fund scholarships, faculty professorships, facility improvements, program support, and more.

Coming off the heels of the successful Live Connected, Lead Change campaign, donor and volunteer statistics include:

  • 27,309 donors supported the College
  • 63% of supporters are alumni and students, 37% are parents, friends, faculty, and staff.
  • 17,200 donors (by household) contributed gifts of $250 and under to the campaign—every gift counts!
  • 5,774 volunteers gave of their time and talents to make the campaign a success

Included below are excerpts from just a few of the messages:

“Thank you so much for supporting Lafayette. I am grateful for all the great opportunities I’ve had during my time here. I know these would not have been possible if it weren’t for your generosity and the philanthropy of many.”
Class of 2020

“It has been my dream to go to college. This is something that I never thought was possible. Through scholarships, my dream has come true. Thank you so much and know that your donation will not go to waste.”
Class of 2020

“Thank you for contributing to Lafayette. I am incredibly grateful for all the great opportunities here like partaking in the externship program. I know that your support helps to make my experience the best it can be.”
Class of 2021

“Thank you for your donation to Lafayette. Your support makes a big difference such as improving facilities, bringing in top speakers and performers, improving access for students in need, and so much more.”
Class of 2019

Thank a Donor Day is organized by the Division of Development and College Relations.

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