Report of Giving
Dear alumni, friends
It is always a pleasure
to look over the year of giving to RIT and recognize the tremendous
number of gifts and long-term commitments made in support of the
university. It is especially gratifying this year one of
the most economically challenging in recent memory that
our alumni still came through for us.
We had more new alumni
donors to RIT this year than weve had in the past several
years; 1,621 joined the ranks; 55 percent increase over the previous
year and a 100 percent increase over 2000-2001. We know that this
was due in large part to the incentive offered by the RIT Board
of Trustees in July 2002. With the promise to match gifts from
new donors one-to-one and gifts from new, young donors two-to-one,
many alums decided this was the year to make their first gift
to support todays students.
This also affected
what we call the participation rate. Every college
and university is measured by the degree to which its alumni give
back. It is seen in many rankings of college and university standings
as a measure of the perceived value of the alums degree.
While RIT has been lagging behind in alumni participation,
this year we saw the rate jump. Responses to our fiscal year 2003
alumni appeals increase by 1.5 percentage points.
All the donors and
volunteers listed in the following pages represent the tremendous
confidence that our alumni and friends have in RIT. Please review
them and share in this pride.
G. Price Jones
Development and Alumni Relations
J. Reed '71
Alumni Network Board