Graduation

Campaign Success

On June 30, Davidson College concluded its most aspirational campaign in college history.

The Game Changers Campaign

“Academics comes first, but tennis is also a high priority, and I have that mix at Davidson.”

— Sam Kavarana ’22, a Jeff Frank ’66 Memorial Tennis Scholar, on why he chose Davidson

“Anyone who spends more than a few minutes on Davidson’s campus grasps the sense of community that helped build this place and that energizes us each day. This new space and what goes on here underscores our shared commitment to educational excellence and access.”

— President Carol E. Quillen on Lula Bell’s, named for long-time Davidson employee, Lula Bell Houston, made possible by Decker Anstrom and Sherry Hiemstra, parents of the late Tom Anstrom '04

Sustained Excellence: The Endowment

The endowment is a diversified portfolio of investments, resulting from historic gifts, new gifts and capital appreciation over time. A percentage of the endowment value is withdrawn annually to support scholar­ships, endowed faculty, operations and other initiatives. The “draw” is equivalent to five percent of the five-year rolling average of the market value.

Endowment gifts extend your philanthropic partnership with Davidson sustain your annual support in perpetuity. They can also provide a lasting tribute honoring family members and friends. Davidson needs to increase the size of its endowment if it wishes to stay competitive, provide new offerings and strengthen its position as a leader in higher education. A larger endowment would reduce the college’s dependence on current-use gifts and tuition, providing more financial stability each year.

The Davidson College endowment fuels competitive scholarship program and our ability to recruit the most talented student to campus, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Compared to other endowments, Davidson’s returns have consistently been much better (i.e. top decile) with much less risk (in the bottom quartile).
  • Davidson’s endowment ranks 18th in size among the college’s official peer set of 21 schools and ranks 141st in size among all U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Due to strong investment performance and successful fundraising, the value of Davidson’s endowment has grown at a higher rate than many other colleges and universities.
  • A dedicated, in-house professional investment staff manages the endowment. They spend much of their time evaluating and monitoring top-tier investment managers across a wide variety of public and private strategies. The end result is a diversified portfolio with better return potential and a lower risk profile than a traditional mix of stocks and bonds.

“I want all of the international students to have the experiences they dream of and to position them for greater opportunities in their career pursuits.”

— Carlos Alvarez, father of Malú Alvarez '02on his family’s support of the Alvarez Access Program

“We encourage students to question and grow spiritually and to respect different avenues of growth. A gift that is aimed at students with a religious conviction is perfectly consistent with that.”

— Clark Ross, Frontis W. Johnston Professor of Economics and former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, on his support of scholarships