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All gifts count towards your class’ reunion giving total.
Online gifts, checks, stock gifts, recurring gifts, gifts to any designation, MiddSTART gifts…all gifts to Middlebury count!
The total of your multi-year reunion pledge will be counted in your class’ giving total.
So if you are making a 5 year pledge of $10,000 in your reunion year (that is $2,000 a year for the next 5 years) your final total of $10,000 will be counted in this year’s reunion giving total for your class.
Most Class Agents contact 10-15 classmates, but please contact as few or as many as you can reasonably commit to contacting. We would much prefer that you have a smaller list of classmates, whom you can actually contact, than a larger list of classmates that you may not complete.
Yes, you do! If you’d like to modify your list, you can do so at any time on Agents in Action or by contacting your staff coordinator.
We absolutely want you to maintain a list of alumni whom you want to contact. You are welcome to modify your list at any time—either adding additional names or removing some from your current list. The easiest way to do that is through Agents in Action or you can also reach out to your staff coordinator, who can add or remove names for you.
Middlebury’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, so no need to ask for an additional gift for participation reasons. Of course, second gifts are always welcome!
We would very much appreciate it if all Class Agents make at least part of their total gift by the December 31 Early Bird Challenge deadline to be counted in our participation figures. For example, if you plan to commit $100 to Middlebury this year, you can split your gift into a $10 contribution now and the remaining $90 by June 30, 2015.
Pledges do not count toward Middlebury’s alumni participation rate,unless they are fulfilled prior to June 30. The Early Bird Challenge is offered to help the College know that we are on track to successfully reach budget goals. So, no, pledges are not part of the Early Bird Challenge count.
Everyone in each class receives solicitations in the mail and electronically from Middlebury, and many receive calls through our Phonathon program, which is staffed by current students.
Here are two great options:
1. Stress the importance of participation. The alumni participation rate is a significant factor when Middlebury applies for grants from corporations and foundations. It also often (positively) affects the decision of larger donors to commit to Middlebury. You have to realize that they ask themselves this question when rendering a decision: if Middlebury’s alumni don’t feel that it is worthy of their support, why should we?
2. Bring up MiddSTART (http://go.middlebury.edu/middstart), Middlebury’s microphilanthropy portal. It features projects designed by students that may not be funded through other means and alumni sponsored scholarships. Click here to learn more about MiddSTART.
By setting up a recurring gift on a monthly or quarterly basis, a person can make a larger annual gift by spreading the payments out over a longer period of time. Or if you want to be sure you are counted in participation every year, the annual recurring gift option is a good choice. By signing up for a recurring gift, the alum won’t receive annual appeals, but will receive all the other mailings such as the magazine and reunion information.
Every alum has their own record, so gifts are split 50/50 between married couples unless they tell us otherwise.
The True Blue Society is a giving society that recognizes Middlebury’s most loyal donors. To be a member, you must give to Middlebury annually and have done so for at least the past three consecutive years. Learn more about True Blue here.
Our alumni participation rate is based solely on gifts made to the College within the current fiscal year. We are grateful for alumni who ensure their support of Middlebury for the long term, but in order to be counted in annual participation calculations you must make a gift of assets each year between July 1 and June 30.
The short answer is that each percentage point is about 250 donors.
The long answer is that we have about 25,000 alumni in the base. That number is adjusted each year with the addition of the graduating class and the subtraction of deceased or lost alumni. Recent classes have been in the 600-700 range, while the decrease is much smaller, so the base increases by about 400 alumni each year who also need to give at a rate of 60% (400 x 60% = 240). What this really means is that every single alum who gave last year needs to give again this year, plus an additional 490 (250 + 240) alumni.
Currently, the cost of educating a Middlebury student is approximately $80,000. That is 40 percent more than the comprehensive fee. All students, even those paying full tuition, receive a hidden scholarship of $26,850. This subsidy is generated in two ways: from endowment earnings and from annual giving.
This indicates that the classmate is assigned to a staff fundraiser at the College who may already be in a gift conversation with the person. Depending on the status of the conversation, this is an opportunity for you and the gift officer to collaborate, or at least be on the same page, before contacting your classmate about a gift.
Middlebury has fundraising goals for both current use and endowed funds. If one of your classmates prefers to give to an established endowed fund, we are happy to direct their gift as requested. However, annual gifts toward immediate needs are essential to the health of the College. Individual philanthropic goals are very personal, so we encourage you to discuss all of the options with your classmates. As always, if they are looking for more information, please contact your staff coordinator.