Writing to the Georgetown undergraduate alumni community, Paul Tagliabue, Board of Directors Vice Chair, said: “It’s not often you get to make history, but this is such a moment.”
Tagliabue was referencing the successful conclusion of “The Power of Many: Participation Matters,” Georgetown’s drive to raise undergraduate alumni participation to record-breaking levels.
At midnight on June 30, Georgetown surpassed the goal of 35 percent participation with a total of 35.3 percent for fiscal year 2016. Over 21,000 undergraduate alumni donors made gifts to Georgetown, a new record for the institution.
June 30 also marked the successful conclusion of the university’s 10-year campaign For Generations to Come. The campaign exceeded its goal of $1.5 billion, raising $1.67 billion for its four key pillars: Scholarships, Academic Excellence, Student Life, and Transformative Opportunities.
Building a Culture of Philanthropy
The entire community joined undergraduate alumni to end the final month of the campaign on a spectacular note. In the month of June alone, nearly 9000 donors—another record—gave $15.2 million, including $6.3 million designated for scholarships across all campuses and $4.7 million to fund undergraduate scholarships. This shattered all prior records for the month of June.
Addressing the hundreds of volunteers who helped get the word out via social media posts, telephone calls, and personal contacts, Campaign and Board of Directors Chair Bill Doyle said, “Our dedicated volunteers are responsible for much of this success and are owed a special debt of gratitude. Without their work on the ground and in the field, we would not be making history today.”
“It’s not often you get to make history, but this is such a moment.” — Paul Tagliabue, Board of Directors Vice Chair
Key Accomplishments of “The Power of Many”
The results of the participation drive are even more striking when compared to five years ago:
- 20 percent increase in undergraduate alumni donors
- 31 percent increase in senior class donors
- 68 percent increase in average dollars raised for scholarships
These funds open the doors of opportunity for many of the world’s top students and provide critical funds to support faculty and enhance student life.
Key Accomplishments of For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown
Since 2006, the campaign raised a total of $1.67 billion for Georgetown, making this decade-long effort the most successful in Georgetown’s history.
In addition to surpassing the $1.5 billion goal, Georgetown raised more for student scholarships in this campaign than in the preceding 217-year history of the university, confirming and expanding its commitment to need-blind admissions and meet-full-need financial aid.
Along with critical scholarship support, this campaign enabled the university to make strategic, long-term investments across Georgetown’s campuses and schools, for example:
- Establishing the McCourt School of Public Policy with a $100 million philanthropic commitment, the largest gift in university history, from Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75)
- Establishing the Steers Center for Global Real Estate with a gift from industry luminary Robert H. Steers (B’75) and his wife, Lauren
- Establishing the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a gift by Georgetown parent and board member Jeanne Ruesch in honor of her late husband
- Establishing and endowing the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law through the generosity of Linda (N’77) and Timothy (L’77) O’Neill
- Creating the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation with a gift from philanthropists and Georgetown parents Alberto and Olga María (SFS’81) Beeck
- Creating the Robert L. McDevitt, KSG, KCHS and Catherine H. McDevitt, LCHS faculty endowment to support chairs in theology, philosophy, physics, computer science, mathematics, and law with a bequest from alumnus Robert McDevitt (C'40) and his wife, Catherine, that has since grown to over $110 million
- Developing Cooper Field and underwriting the innovative Cooper Athletics Leadership Program with a $50 million gift from Georgetown parents Peter and Susan Cooper
- Creating and endowing the Doyle Program for Engaging Difference which deepens Georgetown's commitment to tolerance and diversity, funded by Board of Directors and Campaign Chairman William J. Doyle (C’72) and his wife Kathy
- Launching the Georgetown Environment Initiative with a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor
- Making substantial investments in campus facilities, including the Healey Family Student Center, Regents Hall, the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, the Dahlgren Chapel renovation, the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in Joseph Mark Lauinger Library, and the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center (scheduled to open later this month and to be formally opened on October 6.)
For more information on these campaigns, visit giving.georgetown.edu.