10 x 60 = 1 Million

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At Davidson, Annual Fund participation has always been important. This year, it could be worth millions.
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By Stacey Schmeidel

For the last nine years in a row, Davidson has been one of only a handful of colleges to receive gifts from more than 60 percent of the college’s alumni. This year, a group of four current and former trustees have issued a challenge to Davidson alums: If Davidson achieves 60 percent Annual Fund participation for the tenth consecutive year, the trustee donors will give $1 million to this year’s Annual Fund.

The four current and former trustee donors, who wish to remain anonymous, hope to inspire Davidson alumni to continue the remarkable record of support that has distinguished the college nationally. “It’s not an accident that Davidson is one of the best schools in the country,” said one of the donors behind the Million/Ten/Sixty Challenge. “Our alumni ensure Davidson’s excellence, year after year. We’re making this investment now because we want to be sure that our alumni will do that again, for the tenth year in a row.”

President Carol Quillen welcomed the challenge. “The loyalty of Davidson’s alumni, as evidenced by the extraordinarily high rate of participation in the Annual Fund, is one of the things that consistently impresses people about Davidson,” she said. “Gifts to the college are always important—but this year, because of this challenge, they matter more than ever. I am confident that our alumni will rise to this challenge with the same leadership and generosity of spirit that they bring every day to their jobs, their families, and their work in their communities.”

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