The St. Mark’s Annual Fund surpassed its dollar goal this year, bringing in $1,910,965. “We set a new record,” announced Stephanie Katz, St. Mark’s Annual Fund Director, “raising the most unrestricted funds ever!” Last year the Annual Fund raised a then-record $1.85 million. This is the third year in a row that the Annual Fund has exceeded its goals and set new marks for fundraising achievement.
This year’s goal was “aggressive”, according to Katz, and the recent success is due in no small part to an impressive 34% increase of alumni/ae donors over the past three years. Additionally, the number of contributors at the Founder’s Associates level has increased by 35% over the same time period. These are St. Mark’s leadership donors, making gifts of $1500 to $100,000.
Of course, this kind of success does not occur without a great deal of help from the larger St. Mark’s community. Faculty and Staff participation was 70%, there were 77 brand new alumni donors, and a 7% growth in the total number of donors. “I’d particularly like to acknowledge the outstanding work of class agents and parent volunteers,” continued Katz. “The Annual Fund is fuelled by the outreach of these dedicated volunteers.” A total of 40 new Class Agents came on board for fiscal year 2011-12. In addition, the St. Mark’s Alumni/Development Office introduced a new Young Alumni Founders program, and continued its award-winning VI Form Pledge Project.
St. Mark’s Executive Director of Development Kirk Swenson added, “Annual Fund dollars are used immediately for the School’s most pressing needs and to respond quickly to new opportunities. We are grateful to the many alumni, parents, faculty, and friends whose annual gifts help us to deliver on the promise of a St. Mark’s education each year.”