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Giving Week Recap
Donors Surpass Giving Week Goals
During Colorado College’s Giving Week Dec. 1–5, 2015, a total of 1,893 donors gave to #FeedtheTiger surpassing last year’s 1,881 participation number.
In addition to exceeding the participation goal, the college also surpassed last year’s $447,575 gift total with $594,296 in gifts. Included in this total is $50,000 from an anonymous alumnus who challenged 500 alumni to participate by making a gift on Dec. 3. A total of 607 alumni gave that day, fulfilling the 24-hour challenge.
One of 607
Alex Harleen ’13 Joins 606 Alumni in One-Day Challenge
When Alex Harleen ’13 made a gift to Colorado College on Dec. 3, 2015 as part of the challenge.
“As a young alumnus, I’m not in a position to make large gifts,” says Harleen, “but I can create a habit of giving back once a year. When I found out about the challenge, I decided to make my annual gift that day.”
A Rewarding Week
CC DIALogue Student Callers Live Giving Week Excitement
“We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity that members of the CC community demonstrated during the 24-hour challenge and Giving Week,” says Kerry Brooke Steere, director of annual giving.
“Student callers were very excited to reach out to donors during Giving Week,” says Sophie Leamon ’18, who is a manager at DIALogue, which helps keep alumni, parents, and prospective students connected to CC by notifying them about special events, explaining what gifts to the Annual Fund do for the college, and providing opportunities to support CC through donations..
The excitement was especially palpable on Dec. 3.
“During the day of the challenge, we spoke to alumni who told us to call their friends to ask them to make gifts, too,” says Katie Larsen ’18, who is also a manager for DIALogue. “They wanted to do everything possible to help the college reach the challenge goal.”
An Experience Like No Other
CC Students Have Immersive Half Block With Top Marketing Professionals
A $50,000 gift, such as the one unlocked through the challenge, can go a long way for CC students. For example, that amount is the equivalent of funding for a fully subsidized immersive Half Block like the one a dozen students participated in at the prestigious GSD&M advertising agency in Austin, Texas, in January 2016.
As part of the behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the top national ad agency, these students worked in teams to tackle a strategic brand assignment for a clothing company. CC students functioned as part of an agency/client team that included GSD&M CEO Duff Stewart P ’16, professors from Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin, a communications expert, and Michael Hamp ’06, minister of finance for Criquet Shirts.
More Giving Week results: sites.coloradocollege.edu/feedthetiger
By the Numbers
A total of 607 alumni donors participated in a single-day challenge by making a gift to CC and surpassing the 500-alumni donor goals to release $50,000 from an anonymous donor.
Giving by Major
Gifts at Work
CC Students Attend COP21
In December 2015, four Colorado College students participated in the COP21 climate change conference held in Paris, during which 196 nations adopted an historic agreement that set the goal of limiting the world’s rise in average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. Gabriella Palko ’16, Lily Biggar ’16, Elliot Hiller ’17, and Zach Pawa ’17, all environmental policy and science majors, attended workshops and provided commentary on a daily blog. The students’ trip was made possible through funding from the President’s Office, the EcoFund, and conference grants.
In addition to rubbing shoulders with the world’s leading climate and environmental experts, the students met CC alumni, spouses Emil Dimantchev ’11 and Annie Evankow ’12, and Matt Banks ’97. Emil works in the climate analysis department at Thomson Reuters in Oslo, Norway; Annie recently graduated from a biology master’s program at the University of Oslo; and Matt works at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C.
Innovation@CC Receives $8.5 Million
In December 2015, Colorado College announced an $8.5 million commitment that will provide support for the development of an innovation program, including funds for building construction and a chaired professorship in innovation.
This commitment, one of the largest in Colorado College’s history, comes after Forbes listed the college third on its “Most Entrepreneurial College in America” list and U.S. News & World Report ranked CC first for innovation among national liberal arts colleges.
“Colorado College is becoming a nationally recognized leader in innovation. So this commitment is not only extraordinarily generous; its timing could not be better,” says CC President Jill Tiefenthaler. “The funding will help us to make real and significant progress toward this important priority, which is highlighted in the college’s strategic plan.”
The anonymous donor cited the college’s unique approach to innovation.
“Colorado College weaves innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the liberal arts,” says the donor. “My goal in making this gift is to obliterate silos and ensure that Colorado College students from all academic backgrounds are equipped and given the opportunity to realize their dreams while changing the world in significant, positive ways.”
Of the $8.5 million, $6 million is directed toward a $15 million building for innovation, anticipated to include:
- a product realization laboratory
- a recording studio
- an idea space
- a food ecology laboratory
Colorado College plans to raise another $8 million before breaking ground on the new building. In the meantime, the innovation program will continue to operate out of the Morreale Carriage House.
The commitment includes $2.5 million to fund and permanently endow a chaired professorship in innovation. Patrick Bultema, the college’s executive director of innovation, will become the initial chair.
“Our innovation program provides a foundation for translating the analytical thinking, problem solving, and creativity of the liberal arts into action,” Bultema says. “This gift will allow us to intensify our focus and build one of the most forward-thinking programs and spaces for innovative action and entrepreneurial exploration.”
Student Research Garners $4 Million
Brothers Jeff Keller ’91 and David Keller ’96 announced a $4 million commitment to the Keller Family Venture Grant Program for individual student research Nov. 5, 2015. The commitment includes $3 million to permanently endow the program.
During 2014-15, Keller Family Venture Grants provided $121,750 to 134 Colorado College students for research and experiential projects on five continents in 13 countries.
“We have seen firsthand how students with Venture Grants are able to create and pursue their own research projects and, in the process, enrich their educational experience while building self-reliance and self-confidence,” says Jeff and David Keller. “By providing funding for these experiences, we wanted to support Colorado College’s effort to provide these research opportunities for students to explore a topic in depth outside of the classroom environment.”
To obtain Venture Grants up to $1,000, students must submit project proposals that have faculty sponsorship. As a result of the Keller family’s $3 million endowment gift, an additional 20 grants will be available annually. The gift will allow the college to award additional funds up to $500 for as many 72 Venture Grant projects annually.
“Interacting with students who receive these grants has been incredibly rewarding for our family,” says Jeff Keller, who serves on the college’s Board of Trustees. “We are excited to see where students go and what they accomplish over the next decade.”
2015 Reunion Class Giving
Alumni who celebrated their class reunions during Homecoming 2015 generously gave to the college through their class gifts, raising a total of $6.19 million. Classes represented included graduation years that ended in 5 or 0 from 1955 to 2010. Total giving increased 296 percent over the prior year, due in large part to a generous gift of $4 million from a member of the Class of 1995. The Class of 1965 designated $792,092 to the Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship to be awarded to a “deep-need, first-generation” CC student next year. Gifts to CC positively impact the student experience and make a difference on campus every day.
Save the Date
Homecoming 2016 is Oct. 13–16.
CC Scholarship Challenge 101
The CC Scholarship Challenge 101 was made possible by an anonymous donor who committed $10 million through estate plans to encourage members of the CC community to establish or enhance 100 scholarships — in addition to his own — either through an estate or an outright gift.
After donors make a commitment of $100,000 or more to endowed scholarships, the anonymous donor directs $100,000 to CC scholarships. Gifts can benefit these types of CC scholarships: student financial need; academic merit — like the Barnes Chemistry Scholarship Fund; Division I athletics; or legacy scholarships, which are designated for children or grandchildren of CC alumni who attend the college.
For additional information about the CC Endowed Scholarships Challenge 101, contact Nancy Winkle at (719) 389-6230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generosity Day: March 21
The first day of Block 7 is Generosity Day — which marks the time of year when tuition no longer covers the cost of a Colorado College education and philanthropic gifts from generous donors kick in. Each year, students and members of the CC community express their appreciation to those who make a CC education possible by placing flags around the Earle Flagpole, each one representing a donor who has given during the year.
Generosity Day was created to raise awareness among the student body about the impact that philanthropy has on the college. Without gifts from donors, tuition would be a significantly larger amount.
Education Department Receives Grant for Summer Program Scholarships
The Education Department at Colorado College has received a $20,000 grant from the Salazar Family Foundation in Denver to support CC’s children’s summer programs. Of the funding, $15,000 will be used to provide scholarships for area children who receive free or reduced lunch at school, enabling them to attend CC’s Gifted and Talented+ and Whiz Bang Science programs. The remaining $5,000 will be used for instructional supplies and transportation for children to and from Harrison School District 2.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department Mike Taber says the grant enables Colorado College to provide as many as 78 new scholarships. “We are very pleased that the college has received these funds,” Taber says. “Colorado College and the Education Department are committed to providing enriched learning opportunities for our youth while we also prepare the next generation of teacher scholars.”
CC’s Gifted and Talented+ program, now in its 35th year, is a three-week program offered in June for students entering grade 1 through 10 in the fall. The Gifted and Talented+ program includes Conversations of Humankind, which previously was run as a separate program. This year the program will be offered June 6‒24.
Whiz Bang Science is a two-week science program held in July for young “scientists” entering grade 1 through 10 in the fall. The theme for 2016 is “The Science and Engineering of Toys,” and the program will be offered July 11‒22.