As constituents with a direct link to the Marlboro experience, alumni play a key role in supporting the college’s mission—and their support is an important indicator to other donors, foundations, and prospective students. Marlboro’s current alumni giving level of 27 percent is admirable, much higher than the overall average for college alumni (under 10 percent) as well as for liberal arts college alumni (20 percent). However, Marlboro is determined to reach the even more admirable goal of 40 percent by 2018.
“This is the pinnacle of alumni giving and will reflect more accurately the loyalty and dedication of Marlboro’s alumni community,” said Kathy Waters, alumni director. “Alumni giving is a concrete way to express support for the Marlboro educational model, which alumni know better than anyone.”
Alumni donations are needed to help fund student aid, in order to ensure that the Marlboro experience is available to interested students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Donations also support the close collaboration with faculty that students get at Marlboro, by helping maintain the low faculty-student ratio.
“Contributions from alumni affirm that the community we built during our time here remains strong, and supports essential student financial aid, small classes, and one-to-one attention from professors that distinguishes a Marlboro education,” said Jeff Bower ’92. “Alumni donations help current and future students as they form their own lifelong bonds with the college and one another.”
“Alumni donations of any size are needed to grow the alumni giving percentage to our lofty goal of 40 percent,” said Kathy. “I recently got a small donation from an alumnus who wanted to be sure it counted towards the percentage. Kind of nice, and the answer is ‘you betcha.’”