March 28, 2017
Communications and Marketing
This year's Days of Giving on March 22-23 brought in 1,429 gifts totaling $544,464.47.
Thank you, Anselmians!
While still tabulating some of the offline gifts it has received, the college is pleased to report that it has significantly exceeded its goal.
"I thank you all, especially our faculty, staff, and students, for going above and beyond to ensure Saint Anselm's future," said President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. "March 22 and 23 were an amazing show of college spirit, and every donation made in honor of an Anselmian Moment goes a long way towards making sure that we can continue to provide those moments for our students today, tomorrow and always."
Over the two-day period:
- All 28 members of the monastic community made gifts
- Several college departments had 100% participation
- Gifts came in from across campus and the world, from as far away as Indonesia, in denominations ranging from $1 to $40,000
- Hundreds of volunteers—including alumni, faculty, staff, monks, parents, and students—assisted by making phone calls, sending emails, taking photos, and spreading the word through social media
The annual fundraising event, which was held for the first time on June 17, 2015, encouraged the entire community (alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends) to participate by giving for their favorite "Anselmian Moments" and memories of academic, athletic, and residential life. Gifts of any amount made to the college counted, and the goal was to bring together 1,200 supporters in two days. Before the Days of Giving began, an anonymous donor pledged a $25,000 matching gift and $25,000 to spur participation.
In total, 1,429 members of the community donated. Of those, 859 were alumni, 210 were faculty and staff, and 164 were current students. All 28 members of the monastic community, as well as parents and friends of the college, also participated.
"To see our entire Anselmian community unite over the 48-hour period in support of everything that makes Saint A's special was so striking," said Jim Flanagan, senior vice president for college advancement. "From alumni to students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the college, the tremendous turnout was truly impressive."
Donors were encouraged to give in denominations in honor of special Anselmian Moments: $13 in honor of the 130 miles walked by students during Road for Hope; $27 for the 27th year of Service & Solidarity Missions; $50 for the 50th Anniversary of the Abbey Church; $98 in honor of the 98% of Saint Anselm students who receive financial aid; and $130 in honor of the 130 NHIOP student ambassadors.
For these two days, the size of the gift did not matter; what mattered was how many Anselmians participated. Foundations, grant-giving institutions, and ranking publications like U.S. News and World Report measure Saint Anselm based on participation—the number of participants, rather than individual or total gift amounts. This directly impacts the work of all the college's departments, including admission for national rankings and the applicants the college attracts, finance for credit-worthiness, bond ratings, and qualifications for grants, athletics for ability to recruit top athletes, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) for broad national reach, and most of all, STUDENTS, as most gifts go directly toward programs that support students.
This year, the college hosted Days of Giving alumni events in New York City, N.Y., Boston, Mass., and Manchester, N.H. The Office of College Advancement hosted a kick-off event for students in the Pub on Tuesday night and a lunch for the community on Wednesday afternoon. In addition, advancement staff manned contribution tables at the Coffee Shop and Davison Hall throughout the two days.
The community shared information through social media using the hashtag #AnselmianGiving, and participants dedicated their gifts online to their favorite Anselmian moments and memories.
Dr. Steven DiSalvo, college president, expressed his gratitude to the donors and the Saint Anselm College community.
"Thank you for joining together to give back to the college we all love," he said. "Your continued engagement and support ensure a bright future for Saint Anselm College."
Dr. DiSalvo invites the campus community to the coffee shop on Tuesday, March 28 from 12:30 -1 p.m. to celebrate the event's success.