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Thayer School achieves record-breaking year in charitable gifts

Mar 04, 2011

CONTACT: Catharine Lamm
603/646-3943

Thayer School posted its highest annual total ever in charitable contributions at $9,050,662 for Fiscal Year 2007. Thayer School's Partners in Innovation Campaign (which is part of the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience) has raised over $46 million since its start in 2004—reaching over 77% of its $60 million goal with a third of the campaign time still to go.

MacLean at dusk The Campaign's most exciting achievement so far has been the full funding, through gifts and pledges, of Thayer School's new MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, which opened in September 2006.

Unrestricted gifts from alumni and friends, including an all-time high of 141 gifts of $1000 or more, gave Thayer School's Annual Fund another great year at $805,892 (up from last year's total of $805,314). Aided by 153 new alumni donors, alumni participation was also slightly higher than last year at 32.3%.

"This important achievement would not have been possible without the leadership of Charles Nearburg as chair of Thayer's Partners in Innovation Campaign and Barry MacLean as chair of the development committee of the Board of Overseers," said Dean Joseph Helble. "We are grateful for the generosity of the many engineering alumni who serve Thayer School as volunteer fund raisers and on such committees as the MEM Corporate Collaboration Council, the Dartmouth Society of Engineers, the Annual Fund Executive Committee, Head and Class Agents, and the Board of Overseers. It is the support and commitment of alumni that help keep Thayer School strong and growing."

Looking ahead, Thayer's fund-raising priorities will continue to focus on unrestricted giving, faculty support, financial aid, and program endowment as the School advances innovation in three impact areas that crosscut traditional engineering disciplines and address critical human needs: