About the Campaign

A Message from the Board of Trustees

August 2013

Dear Vassar alumnae/i, parents and friends,

The final figures are in, and, quite simply, you have astonished us with your outpouring of support for our College: The Vassar 150: World Changing campaign, which concluded on June 30, raised $431,456,710 in gifts and pledges, surpassing our goal by more than $31 million.

Our first priority is to say thank you to every Vassar alumna/us, parent and friend who played a role in this remarkable achievement … and there were many thousands of you – 29,217, to be exact, including 20,322 alumnae/i. Amazingly, nearly a quarter of this total was given during this past fiscal year – $104,003,652, by far the most donated to Vassar in a single year in the College’s history.

Such figures are impressive, but as President Cappy Hill has emphasized in her comments on the campaign, it is the meaning of these numbers that is so important. In keeping with the campaign’s name, such extraordinary generosity has changed, and is changing, the world of our students and our faculty on a daily basis. Here are brief highlights of what we all have achieved together:

Of the total amount of gifts and pledges to the campaign, about two-thirds has been received, with the remainder represented by outstanding pledges, in-kind and deferred gifts.

Our work supporting the College we love continues, but that said, our achievement – your achievement – is well worth taking a pause for celebration. So we will close with a lighthearted salute to all of you who can join us in saying, “We did it!”:http://youtu.be/KVPMuqtxHZ4

With our profound thanks and warm regards,

William A. Plapinger ’74, P’10
Board of Trustees

Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein ’76
Trustee and Chair
Vassar 150: World Changing campaign