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Inspired by Originals

CC’s President and Board of Trustees Chair

A Message from CC’s President and Board of Trustees Chair

A CC education prepares students to be nimble and adaptable leaders of the future, who dare to take risks to make a difference in the world.

Thanks to your support during the past year, Colorado College is flourishing. CC nurtures bold, optimistic, and trailblazing individuals; people who have a knack for doing things a little bit differently and making a positive impact. With your help, we can do even more.

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Innovation at CC Fosters Big Thinking, Big Action

While showing concert photographs of a huge crowd in an extravaganza of lights and smoke, Nick Ravich ’19 described the 2016 Big Idea competitor Neonic’s smartphone-based concert light show platform. Innovative-minded students like them will benefit from the 2015 anchor gift of $8.5 million for innovation from an anonymous CC graduate, including $6 million for a future building and $2.5 million for a chaired professorship.

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$8.5Million Anchor Gift for Innovation



Opening Doors to CC and the World

Scholarship and financial aid recipient Barbora “Bara” Hanzalova ’17 is already making a positive difference in the world. As a CC student, she has traveled to Bolivia to work on a water supply with Engineers Without Borders and to Mexico to work with the state ministry of development and a small NGO. Colorado College is doubling down on its commitment to support students like Hanzalova with a $90 million fundraising goal for scholarships.

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20 scholarships have been created or enhanced through the CC Endowed Scholarship Challenge 101

Arts Alliance

Reaching New Heights Together

Three grants totaling $3.53 million will enhance teaching and learning opportunities; grow the endowment to support the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s mission to inspire community vitality through performing arts, visual arts, and arts education; and provide scholarships for youths to pursue serious arts education. Through the alliance, Colorado College and the FAC are creating forward-looking offerings that provide CC students and the local community with enriching educational experiences.

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$2 million John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation grant to a permanent endowment held by CC for the exclusive support of the FAC $1.2 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to forge deeper academic connections between the college and the interdisciplinary arts $330,000 Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation gift made to the Fine Arts Center Foundation for an arts education scholarship fund


CC Endowment:

$683 million Market value includes market return, gifts received, payout, and fees

Endowment per Student:

$343,552 Comparative 2015 NACUBO endowment survey results.
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Funds raised:

$42.2 million (in cash, pledges, and estate commitments)

Alumni Donors:


Endowment Performance Allocation

Total Fiscal Year Payout

Endowment Performance

As of June 30, 2016, the Colorado College endowment was $683 million. The endowment provided a payout of $28 million, which — when combined with annual operating gifts received — provided 17.3 percent of the college’s annual budget.

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