By Jill Spotz

Members of the Lafayette community may not have been physically present on campus on May 8, but they were still able to send virtual hugs to the many donors who supported the College over the last year during the third-annual Thank a Donor Day. Many areas on campus from public spaces, to buildings, and benches were tagged and photographed to honor the generosity of many who have contributed to make Lafayette what it is today.

Students joined in to show their appreciation by filming videos in their homes for alumni and friends, including Jessie Whitman ’22 who shared her sentiments, “Thank you for your generous contribution to the Lafayette community, especially this year with things looking a lot different than we expected. We are so grateful for your unwavering support.”

As a result of COVID-19, support for students is now more important than ever. Many members of the Lafayette on-campus and off-campus communities supported students who remain on campus as a result of COVID-19 through gifts to the James F. and Donna L. Krivoski Student Assistance Fund. Established in 2019 in honor of James and Donna Krivoski for their service to the College and Lafayette students, the permanent fund is part of the College’s endowment. According to College Chaplain, Alex Hendrickson, resources provided by the Krivoski Fund were critical during this time.

Last fiscal year, more than 11,000 donors supported the College, including individuals, corporations, and foundations. Of this total:

  • 7,899 are alumni
  • 2,114 are members of the Marquis Society
  • 1,535 are young alumni donors (graduated within the last ten years)
  • 72% of all supporters contributed gifts of $250 and under—every gift counts!
  • More than 3,000 volunteers gave of their time and talent to support the college

Overall, philanthropy elevates the student experience, funds scholarships, faculty professorships, facility improvements, program support, and more.

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

Categorized in: Alumni, Featured News, Giving News, News and Features

1 Comment

  1. Amy says:

    This is lovely…thank you!

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