Donations more than $7.8 million in 2006

Carleton’s fundraising efforts enjoyed a banner year in 2006. The University’s donor community, including faculty and staff, gave more than $7.8 million to student aid and academic programs—a 20 per cent increase over the previous three-year average.

“Donors have a lot of confidence in Carleton,” says Serge Arpin, Chief Advancement Officer. “Post-secondary education is a worthy cause, and supporters clearly recognize that an investment in Carleton can make a significant difference for thousands of students.” Numbers are up in all categories, including number of gifts, size of average gift, contributions to the Annual Fund and major gifts (gifts over $10,000).

Even the total given over the Web is up. Online giving has doubled since 2005, and has increased tenfold since its introduction in 2002.

Regardless of how the gifts are made, “financial aid remains the cause of choice,” says Arpin. Sixty-eight per cent of total donations went to new and existing awards. In fact, donors established 66 new awards in 2006—more than in any previous year—which resulted in an additional $5.3 million to help students.

Faculty and staff are a big part of this year’s success.

Participation in the 2006 Campus Community Campaign grew as more than 300 faculty and staff members gave a total of $168,224—a 12 per cent increase over 2005.

“That speaks volumes,” explains Arpin. “Outside donors are more comfortable making Carleton a priority when they see that the internal community makes it a priority too.”

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