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College Breaks 80/20 Rule: Big Donors Utterly Dominate Capital Campaign
As you will have heard ad infinitum, the College just wrapped up a $1.3Bn capital campaign. A total of 65,174 donors made gifts during the campaign.
But what you didn’t know is that only 1,111 donors gave 85% ($1.1Bn) of all of the money received. That’s just 1.7% of all donors.
A cynical person might think that when the College dispensed with parity on the Board, it did so in the knowledge that the great mass of the alumni are much less important to fund-raising than the critical 1,111 folks who each gave more than $100,000 to the campaign.
Note: I was surprised to receive a letter with above information. I had always been told by the folks in the Development Office that my gifts to the Departmental Editing Program (DEP), which I established to place full-time writing editors in the Art History, Religion and Math departments between 1998-2007, would not be counted in the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. Hmmm. Seems like, all of a sudden, they do count. I wonder why?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…