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Was Jim Kim a Good Fundraiser?
Student Assembly President Max Yoeli’s recent excoriation of Jim Kim was inaccurate in one area:
Kim has focused his presidency on increasing fundraising, improving image and health care delivery, which are important priorities, but at the expense of adequately addressing the issues that impact daily student life. [Emphasis added]
Was Jim Kim a good fundraiser? The numbers in the Dartmouth Fact Book don’t bear out Max’s proposition. Overall donations during the second full year of Jim Kim’s Presidency (2010-2011) did not return to the levels seen in 2007-2008, and that figure does not include any adjustment for the 8.5% inflation between those years.
In fact, “Total Alumni” giving (see above) dropped back over 10% from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011 to almost the depth of the 2008-2009 crisis.
In the same time frame, the stock market, as measured by the Dow Jones, rebounded strongly from the trough at the start of 2009.
Word from the Development Office is that Kim seemed unwilling to be part of the multi-year efforts that it takes to land major gifts. He repeatedly begged off going on the road to court major donors, pleading a desire to spend time with his family.
Curiously, the latter consideration did not seem important to Kim during his recent worldwide “listening tour,” and it seems a fair bet that he will travel a great deal as President of the World Bank.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…