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Alumnae and Friends Give Outstanding Support in 2021-22

By Emily Parker

Alumnae and Friends Give Outstanding Support in 2021-22

By Emily Parker

Gifts from alumnae and friends supported students and the entire Meredith community this past year through scholarships, professorships, facility upgrades, departmental programs, academic coaching, and more. The College is extremely thankful to all who donated to ensure that students have the opportunity to learn at one of the top-tier liberal arts colleges in the country.

For the fiscal year 2021-22, the total raised for major gifts ($25,000 or more), annual, and planned gifts was $13,109,219. There were 115 major gifts and 12 new endowments established. An endowment generates earnings each year to be spent in a way chosen by the donor, and the principal of the endowment remains untouched. In this way, endowments continue to help Meredith College in perpetuity, strengthening the future of the College.

The Meredith Fund, our annual giving program, raised $2.7 million in 2021-22.

  • The funds raised were the result of gifts from 5,100 donors.

  • Those gifts supported the greatest needs of the College, scholarships, athletics, study abroad, diversity initiatives, the student emergency fund, and more.

  • Make It Count for Meredith Giving Day raised $1,167,121, surpassing the goal of $750,000 and reaching $1 million for the first time since Giving Day started in 2016.

  • Parents and Families Giving reached $46,000 and supported needed upgrades for Meredith’s Health, Counseling, and Disability Services, housed in Carroll Hall.

  • And once again, faculty and staff giving participation was 75%.

The Office of Alumnae Relations coordinated 67 events with 2,332 attendees in 2021-22. Each event gave alumnae the opportunity to reconnect with one another and the College. Two Alumnae Reunion Weekends were held, one in October for the classes that missed their 2020 and 2021 reunions because of COVID-19 and the traditional May reunion weekend. Almost 1,000 alumnae celebrated with their classmates at both events. Reunion Weekend attendees represented 35 states, five countries, and 66 different class years, ranging from 1948-2022. After two missed years of May Reunion Weekends, the Alumnae Association was excited to welcome alumnae and friends home again.

Alumnae and friends who stay connected to Meredith through events, volunteering, and gifts show current students that their education is important and valued. Thank you for supporting the entire campus community this past fiscal year.

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Graphic that says "$1,167,121 raised on giving day. Goal was $750,000".
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Graphic that says "2,660 alumnae and friends made gifts on giving day".
Graphic that says "67 alumnae association events, 2,332 alumnae attended events".
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