The Marlboro Record

Fundraising results for FY ’10

Thanks to everyone who made a contribution to Marlboro last year, the 2009- 2010 Annual Fund closed at $1,216,000, $14,000 over the goal and two days before the June 30 deadline. Second gifts from several generous donors were key factors in this success. This was an especially challenging year for fundraising: communications with Marlboro constituents who declined to contribute, citing lost jobs, credit and other assets, reflected the continuing impact of the weak economy. 

The number of alumni donors dropped for the third year in a row, from 774 in 2008 to 508 in 2010, with participation dropping from 34 percent in 2008 to 27 Alumni giving for all purposes percent in 2010. Yet a number of consistent parent and friend donors made larger gifts and trustees gave generously, contributing 29 percent of the total for unrestricted funds. Alumni trustees, who are counted as part of the trustee giving group, contributed $125,815.

The downward trend in giving is not unique to Marlboro. A Council for Aid to Education report released in February 2010 reported that charitable contributions to American colleges and universities declined almost 12 percent in 2009, the largest drop ever recorded and reversing a 10-year trend of steady increases. Private liberal arts colleges experienced the biggest drop in donation support at 18.3 percent, and alumni participation overall declined to 10 percent, the lowest level ever recorded in the survey. (Source: CAE report

As Marlboro looks forward to an improved economic outlook, we are setting a goal of $1,250,000 for annual giving in 2010-11 and increasing alumni participation by 10 percent. While unrestricted gifts made for operations remain a priority for Marlboro, there are two areas in particular where gifts may be designated within the fiscal ’11 budget:

Student Life Gifts directly support activities and pro- grams that promote successful outcomes including: an expanded student residential life staff and more health services; leadership training for students; staffing and resources for career development, internship and community engagement; and more. These programs grew out of much research on our own students’ experiences, community discussion and current student development theory, prompted by the second goal in Marlboro’s strategic plan: “strengthening engagement in a community of learning and accountability while preparing students for lifetimes of learning, employment and citizenship.”

Supporting a Sustainable Campus Marlboro has a rich history of environmental conservation and sustainability efforts, from the thousands of spruce and fir trees planted on campus in 1956 to a conference on solar-heated greenhouses in 1977 and the creation of the organic farm in 2002. In 2009 Marlboro adopted an environmental mission statement and created a new environmental committee to advise the president and support campus environmental efforts. Recent developments include: hiring a student life coordinator dedicated to sustainability initiatives; launching a new course on sustainability at the college; and making energy improvements in historic buildings on campus. 

Foundation Support

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $49,770

Building on an earlier Mellon Foundation grant to document the legacy of retiring faculty members, this new grant supports ongoing curricular planning, highlighting the importance of the humanities to Marlboro’s liberal arts mission.

Anonymous Private Foundation $25,000

This grant supports the Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the Marlboro College Graduate School.

Anonymous Private Foundation $16,125

This grant enabled Marlboro to purchase equipment and furnishings as part of the transformation of the Rice-Aron Library service desk into a flexible instruction and laptop study space.

The Vermont Community Foundation $10,000

This grant supports the Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the Marlboro College Graduate School.

Margaret Cargill Foundation $6,400

This foundation dedicated to the arts and the environment provided four small grants in addition to their ongoing five-year $50,000 pledge recorded in 2009. All Cargill Foundation grants support environmental studies at Marlboro College.

The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust $5,000

Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, this trust makes annual scholarship gifts to Marlboro that are earmarked for students from rural New England communities.

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation $5,000

This grant supports the Rice-Aron Library’s efforts to archive students’ Plans of Concentration—a crucial part of Marlboro’s history—written between 1984 and 2006.

The Nippon Foundation In Kind Donation

The Rice-Aron Library was one of 300 United States recipients of the Nippon Foundation’s program entitled “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan,” providing a rich array of books on modern Japanese civilization and culture.