The Voice: Winter 2003

The Voice

Annual gift support reaches record high

by Lyle Gritters, Vice President for College Advancement

The Campus Center's main lounge gets bathed in morning sunlight We are grateful to report that God richly blessed the mission and work of Dordt College again last year through the prayers, encouragement, and generous gift support of alumni and friends of the college. A total of $4,835,000 was received during the 2001-02 fiscal year, a twenty-four percent increase over the previous year and an all-time record high. This gift support makes a significant difference in our ability to maintain an educational program that is recognized for its academic excellence and its reformational character.

Dordt College has been blessed with a loyal and generous group of supporters. We are thankful to God for each gift, whether large or small, that was given last year. In addition to the support of many churches, a remarkable total of 8063 alumni, friends, business firms, and foundations made gifts to the college during the 2001-02 fiscal year.

A total of 4625 alumni made contributions to Dordt College in 2001-02, close to half of our alumni. The US News and World Report ranked Dordt College number one last year among 110 regional comprehensive (bachelor’s) degree colleges for the percentage of alumni who contribute to their alma mater. The national average for alumni participation rates is about twenty percent. This ranking is a tribute to the loyalty and commitment of our alumni and a clear indication of their appreciation for the education they received at Dordt College.

Gift support for the Dordt College Fund also reached a record high of $753,000 last year, an eighteen percent increase over the previous year. The Dordt College Fund is probably the most important gift support program of the college, a crucial resource for keeping tuition affordable as we continually improve our academic programs. And it is an important source for grants and scholarships that are awarded to needy, deserving students. In summary, it serves as a “living endowment” for the financial stability of the institution.

The successful completion of fundraising efforts for the new Campus Center was the highlight of the year for the Capital Fund of the college. Gift support for the Capital Fund reached a total of $2,274,000, another record high.

On behalf of the entire college community, especially the students, I want to thank each of the supporting churches and 8063 alumni, friends, business firms, and foundations for their support of Dordt College during the 2001-02 year. Your partnership and prayers are vital to the strength and future of the college. Please join us in giving thanks to God for his providential care.