Annual Fund

Gifts to the Lafayette Annual Fund are vital to ensuring innovation and excellence at Lafayette. Each year, thousands of alumni, parents, and friends make contributions to the Annual Fund, which covers approximately 8% of ongoing operating costs.

Your gift is important each and every year. All gifts, regardless of size, play an important role in allowing Lafayette to become the best institution it can be.

COUNTS YOU AS A DONOR

Your annual gift helps improve Lafayette’s alumni participation rate.  This figure is used by some college ranking guides when evaluating alumni satisfaction.  An increased participation rate may lead to a higher overall ranking which would enable Lafayette to continue to attract the best and the brightest students.

Supports Academic Excellence

A stable operating budget reinforced by generous annual gifts allows the College to hire and retain outstanding professors who are leading scholars within their areas of expertise.

Ensures Lafayette’s academic standards and diversity

Lafayette provides over $35 million in need- and merit-based scholarships to about half of the student body. Providing this aid is vital to maintaining the College’s academic standards and ensuring diversity within each class. Financial aid is the best way to attract and retain the most academically qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances.

Helps us stay strong by being flexible

Your gift allows Lafayette to address underfunded, unmet, and emergency needs and gives us the ability to respond quickly to new challenges and opportunities that will advance our mission.

Reinforces Lafayette now and in the future

Your gift reaffirms your commitment to the College and its values. The collective support of many alumni, parents, and friends helps the College secure grants from corporations and foundations. It also provides college ranking guides with an indication of the satisfaction of our constituents.

Changes the world

One student educated at Lafayette can positively impact the lives of thousands.

The Lafayette Annual Fund offers a range of gift and volunteer opportunities to support our vision.

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Seeing Results

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Lafayette Annual Fund! Here are 2011-12 results:

8,505 Alumni Donors – 38% Participation
$3,474,226 Unrestricted Annual Fund Giving
$5,155,202 Restricted Annual Fund Giving
$8,629,428 Total Annual Fund Giving