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Davidson Celebrates Largest Fundraising Year in History

During the 2013 fiscal year which ended June 30, 2013, Davidson College raised more than $76.5 million, a record total for the institution. Of that total, more than $14 million was given through the Annual Fund with the remaining designated to endowment and capital projects.  Specifically, nine new scholarship funds were created, and the school received its largest single gift commitment in history - $45 million from The Duke Endowment to help start the new academic neighborhood. Davidson also reached 60 percent alumni participation, a point of pride for the college for 11 years now.

"It was an outstanding year at Davidson," said Brad Martin, associate vice president for development. "The remarkable generosity of our alumni, parents and friends represents our Davidson family's shared commitment to student success. We are very grateful to all of our donors for their support which we depend on for continued progress and excellence."

Many new projects and programs are underway thanks to lead gifts received during the 2013 fiscal year. A new academic building and new athletic center are in the planning stages and will result in additional space and better use of existing space for students and scholar athletes. New entrepreneurship initiatives support Davidson's commitment to creating opportunities for students and alumni to further develop their ideas and exert greater impact in the world. Additionally, new post-graduate fellowships build on the college's strong commitment to civic engagement and enable recent graduates to work with non-profit organizations that address critical social issues such as health, education and the environment.

"The examples offered here are just some of the ways our alumni, parents and friends are making a difference every day for Davidson," said Eileen Keeley '89, vice president for college relations. "It is because of this level of philanthropy that we continue to attract the best and brightest students from across the United States and around the world. Gifts ensure that a liberal arts education at Davidson remains distinct and unsurpassed."

For more information, contact Danielle Strickland, director of advancement communications, at 704-894-3101 or