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All In for Money?
Heaven only knows how many meetings it took for the creative types in the administration to come up with the clunker capital campaign slogan, “All In For Dartmouth.” Maybe someone in the Development Office thought that it had pizzazz and was really groovy.
The emphasis appears to be on getting together in order to, uh, get together. No reason given. That said, the allusion to poker makes one wonder if alumni would really want to bet it all on today’s institution.
Jim Wright’s $1.3 billion effort was called The Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience; at least it focused on specifics — though it had 91 different “priorities,” if I recall correctly. The campaign before that was called the Campaign for Excellence.
The remaining question is just how much money the administration is going to shoot for. Columbia announced in January that its 2006-2013 fundraising campaign had brought in $6.1 billion, and last year Stanford’s $6.2 billion campaign set a new record for universities. Not to be outdone, Harvard is in the midst of a $6.5 billion marathon.
The goal that Phil chooses — I’m figuring that anything less than $2.0 billion looks weak — will be a good test of the confidence that big-money alumni have in the current administration. Remember that in the last campaign 85% of the money raised came from only 1,111 alumni. That figure is just 1.7% of all donors.
Addendum: A loyal reader suggested that I Google “All in.” Up comes poker, an account of infidelity, and a management self-help book:
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…