Report on Giving: Gaining Momentum

Students in the Hub center
Kirk Swenson


Throughout this year, Dickinsonians from around the world made it abundantly clear that they love and take great pride in this college. Overall giving rose by more than 50 percent for the second consecutive year, we welcomed 1,718 new donors, parent giving increased and 1,875 donors showed their deep commitment to the college by becoming new members of the Mermaid Society.

Perhaps nothing captured that energy more clearly than this year’s Day of Giving, which saw this remarkable community make 3,535 gifts to Dickinson totaling more than $964,000 in a single day. Equally important, 1,265 Dickinsonians made multiyear commitments that day to join the Mermaid Society of sustaining donors.

To better highlight the role that the entire Dickinson community plays each year in the college’s mission, we’re now publishing the annual report on giving in Dickinson Magazine. Rather than sending donors a separate report later this summer, these pages offer alumni, parents, students, staff and faculty members, and friends of the college a deeper understanding of the impact gifts to the college made during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018).

As you read through the 2017-18 Report on Giving and see the powerful role donors played in all of the college’s work this year, you’ll see that momentum is building for Dickinson. Together, we can ensure that Dickinson continues to provide an education that changes students’ lives and prepares them to lead lives of consequence. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible by supporting the college this year.

Kirk Swenson
Vice President for College Advancement


Published July 31, 2018