Gifts From 4,000 Help Set Annual Fund Record

Annual Fund Committee Chair Shannon McGrady Bane ’85 led the Annual Fund in a record-breaking year in which $2.2 million was raised for the College.

Thanks to close to 4,000 alumnae, parents, friends, students, corporations, and foundations who made gifts to the Annual Fund. Scripps was able to strengthen offerings in such ways areas as scholarships, distinctive academic programs, campus preservation, and other areas of greatest need. In addition to a substantial bequest of $147,000, this year’s success is primarily due to volunteer leadership, particularly Annual Fund volunteers’ engagement with 342 individuals who made gifts at the Ellen Browning Scripps Society levels.

The work of volunteers was also essential in obtaining gifts to the College from 2,988 alumnae. Scripps continues to be a leader among the Claremont Colleges with an alumnae participation rate of 53.4% (CMC, 51.1%; Pomona, 47.5%; HMC, 44%; Pitzer, 36%). In the national context, this high percentage of alumnae participation is an indicator of alumnae degree satisfaction and is an improvement over the previous year (2000-2001), when 52.4% of Scripps alumnae made a gift to the College.

The Annual Fund had additional reasons to celebrate during the College’s 75th anniversary year. Last fall, the Ellen Browning Scripps Society Award dinner in honor of the 16th award recipient, Sidney J. Wienberg, Jr. Family Weekend, in February, drew record attendance, and parents of Scripps students and alumnae gave more than $184,000 to Scripps beyond tuition; 49 gave at the Ellen Browning Scripps Society levels.

Throughout last year, reunion volunteers planned activities and encouraged participation in their class gift. Reunion Weekend, on May 3-5, 2002, attracted approximately 400 people, most of whom stayed for Saturday night’s 75th Anniversary Gala on Bowling Green Lawn. At Reunion Convocation, Ardent Black Flamson ’52, chair of the Class Gift Committee, announced that 10 classes set participation records, and two classes—the Classes of 1982 and 1952—set dollar records. Finally, overall 59% of reunion alumnae participated making by making a gift to the Annual Fund—a superb showing of support for the College.

This year’s Annual Fund officers are Shannon McGrady Bane ’85, Annual Fund Committee chair; Jennifer Wells ’84, chair of the Ellen Browning Scripps Society; Anne and Mike Repass P’05, chairs of the Scripps Association of Families (SAF); and Laura McNeil ’95, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) development chair.