Colgate Endowment & Alumni Donor Participation Rates

Compiled by A Better Colgate from data in
U.S. News & World Report 2010 “America’s Best Colleges”

Colgate’s endowment has increased $163 million in real terms (spending power) in eight years, regardless of the $400 million campaign Passion for Climb campaign.

Adjusted for inflation, the value of the 2002 endowment of $456M would be increased by a factor of 1.2. (www.usinflationcalculator.com). The present value of the 2002 endowment would be $456M x 1.2 = $548M.  This compares with the value of the 2010 endowment of $619M.

Alumni Donor Participation Rates at
Peer Schools Where Alumni Elect Trustees

Amherst College 60%
Colby College 47%
Colgate University 40%**
Dartmouth College 51%
Davidson College 54%
Hamilton College 48%
Haverford College 47%
Middlebury 59%
Smith College 40%
Wellesley College 49%
Wesleyan Univeristy 51%
Williams College 60%
** Based on Colgate Univ.
statistic of 34,142 living alumni

Colgate University

Fiscal Year May 31 Value of Endowment annual period (ends June 30) Percent Alumni Participation
1998-1999 435,500,000 50%
1999-2000 451,000,000 52%
2000-2001 462,839,000 49%
2001-2002 455,871,000 47%
2002-2003 419,972,000 55%
2003-2004 459,278,000 55%
2004-2005 502,378,000 53%
2005-2006 558,378,000 50%
2006-2007 706,657,000 49%
2007-2008 729,249,000 46%
2008-2009 560,537,000 31%-39%
2009-2010 $619,216,000 36%-47%**

Source: Colgate University audited financial reports

 

Colgate derives its alumni donor participation statistic from the number of donors divided by the number of alumni that are solicited.  In 2009, according to Colgate’s report to the Council for Aid to Education, 10,461 donors gave of the 26,360 that were solicited, or 39 %.*  In the 2008 Passion for Climb brochure, Colgate reports 34,142 living alumni, which reduces the 2009 alumni donor participation rate to 31%. The 2010 Colgate Report to Donors boasts a 47% alumni donor participation rate, based on solicitations to 26,276 alumni. The actual donor participation rate of Colgate’s living alumni is 36%.**