The Colgate Fund is a crucial resource for this institution, allowing the university to address its greatest needs and opportunities each year. Through the Colgate Fund, gifts from $13 to $13,000 — and more — pool together to make the journey possible for today’s students. Nationwide, unrestricted giving has declined considerably since Fiscal Year 2015, both in dollars and participation. At Colgate, giving amounts have risen 30 percent in that time period while participation has increased by 6 percent.
These numbers translate into real impact for Colgate students. Facts and figures become academic programs, financial aid awards, research projects, off-campus study opportunities, Division-I athletics, artistic expressions, and more. Colgate’s ambitions are bold. We seek students of energy and promise to engage with leading faculty, who will instill in them the knowledge and wisdom they need to address the world’s most challenging problems. The Colgate Fund helps us to achieve those ambitions.
The commitment of our alumni — expressed through gifts to the Colgate Fund and to a variety of specific initiatives across campus — has enabled us to enter our Bicentennial year with confidence and anticipation. Fiscal Year 2018 proves that Colgate’s proud philanthropic tradition is alive and well. Two hundred years after our founding, we can say with certainty that this is just the beginning.