Making a difference

Alumni offer support to financial aid, study of human rights

Two recent gifts to Trinity College will make a substantial impact on students for generations to come.


Henry Mallari-D’Auria ’83

Henry Mallari-D’Auria ’83, a member of Trinity College’s Board of Trustees and a longtime donor to the college, has made a $5 million gift that will expand Trinity’s ability to recruit the best students of every background and will establish the Henry Mallari-D’Auria ’83 Scholarship.

“Henry’s contributions to Trinity have long had an impact on the success of students and the institution,” says Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. “His personal and professional accomplishments are a wonderful example of a Trinity success story, and his commitment to the college will expand our capacity to enroll incredible students who lack only sufficient resources for an educational experience like ours.”

Mallari-D’Auria, who serves as chief investment officer of emerging markets value equities at AllianceBernstein and portfolio manager for the Next 50 Emerging Markets Fund, sees his gift as a way of opening doors for students, the way financial aid and internships at Trinity did for him. “My first job, and ultimately my career, was driven by an internship at the school,” says Mallari-D’Auria. “All of that would not have been possible if Trinity hadn’t offered me financial aid.”

During his junior year, Mallari-D’Auria, an economics major, interned with the investment management division of Travelers Insurance. The connections he made there led to his first job after college at PaineWebber. “Trinity was key to being able to get that first job,” he says.

Mallari-D’Auria recalled that shortly after his graduation from Trinity, he felt an obligation to give back to his alma mater. “It wasn’t big dollars, but it was something. The school had been important to me.” His involvement with Trinity continued through the years, including attending Reunions and making annual Trinity Fund gifts. As his donations increased, he decided to focus his philanthropy on financial aid.

Says Mallari-D’Auria, “I understood that the price of a small liberal arts school is out of reach for many families and that I had an opportunity to ease some of that burden. My view is that if you are in a position to, you ought to contribute to the school’s ability to enroll the best students.”

Mallari-D’Auria’s gift contributes toward the current initiative to raise $100 million in new support for recruitment and financial aid, an endeavor that is part of the college’s commitment to opening Trinity’s doors to the very best students from across the country and around the world.


Joanne and Everett “Ev” Elting Jr. ’58, P’85, ’87

Everett “Ev” Elting Jr. ’58, P’85, P’87 has made a $4 million gift to support Trinity’s Human Rights Program—the first of its kind at an American liberal arts college—greatly enhancing opportunities for students to study, and ultimately shape, the cause of human rights around the world.

Elting’s gift comes more than two decades after he donated $500,000 to create the program, which incorporates the study of human rights into the college’s liberal arts curriculum. Inspired by the program’s impact, Elting has designated his new gift to establish the Elting Fund for Human Rights and Global Citizenship. This latest commitment will build on the success of the Human Rights Program and offer additional resources for interdisciplinary study.

“Ev’s transformational gift will markedly boost Trinity’s impact as a leader of undergraduate human rights education,” says Trinity’s Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sonia Cardenas. “Students across the academic spectrum will deepen their appreciation of human rights and global citizenship in their lives. They’ll experience unparalleled learning opportunities in this tremendously important field.”

Elting’s passion for human rights and commitment to the imperatives of empathy, responsibility, and global citizenship began at Trinity more than 60 years ago. Coursework in art history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, ethics, and economics sparked his interest in diverse peoples and cultures. “At Trinity, my interests broadened and provided me the basis for a much more enjoyable and enlightened life,” he says. “I am a true believer in a small-school liberal arts education.”

Elting was able to combine his divergent interests—in business and humanitarianism—by investing time and philanthropy in service to human rights causes while building a successful career. After Trinity, he rose through influential work in advertising and marketing to become president and CEO of Grey Advertising in Canada, which became the fourth-largest advertising firm in the nation under his leadership.

For Elting, his investment in support of Trinity’s Human Rights Program is deliberately timed to address what he sees as an inflection point in global history. “I believe,” says Elting, “at this time when political and social dissension is rampant in our country, nothing is more important for citizens of the U.S. and the world than to profit and prosper through increased understanding and empathy toward one another.”

These stories were excerpted from longer pieces on the Trinity website. To read the complete versions, please visit:

Trustee Henry Mallari-D’Auria ’83 Donates $5 Million to Fund New Scholarship Program

Everett Elting ’58 Gives $4 Million to Support Trinity’s Human Rights Program