Inaugural Giving Day exceeds expectations

$1.1 million raised as more than 1,500 donors participate

Trinity Giving Day - April 30, 2014 - Photo by John Atashian

Victoria D’Ortenzio ’17 and Sydney Rice ’17 stop by Trinity Giving Day headquarters to share a message about what makes Trinity special to them.
Photo by John Atashian

Members of the College community came together in grand fashion on April 30, showing their support for every facet of the student experience and ensuring the success of the first-ever Trinity Giving Day. The 24-hour fundraising drive exceeded expectations, raising more than $1.1 million for the Trinity College Fund.

“Our initial goal of 600 donors was surpassed midmorning, and our stretch goal of 900 donors was exceeded by early afternoon,” reported Director of Annual Giving Bill Knapp. “In the end, over 1,500 donors participated, contributing more than $1.1 million. The response was outstanding and outpaced our highest expectations.”

Vice President of College Advancement Jack Fracasso said, “On behalf of the entire on-campus community, I am pleased to thank alumni, parents, and friends of the College for your support and enthusiasm.” He added, “Every student will feel your support in multiple ways.”

Trinity Fund gifts received from April 1 to April 30 were counted in the Giving Day totals. Knapp said that he and his staff already are excited to plan the Second Annual Giving Day for spring 2015. Meanwhile, Annual Giving staff and volunteers planned to focus during May and June on achieving end-of-fiscal-year goals by June 30.

For more photos from Trinity’s inaugural Giving Day, please visit our Flickr set.