2010-2011 annual report of gifts

Dear Friends:

As we end one school year and begin another we have much for which to be thankful. Through still challenging economic times we continue to recruit record numbers of students. We continue to add facilities, like the new Windy Hill School building. We continue to add programs, like the new Multidisciplinary Studies Major. And we continue to add faculty, like the colleagues who we will welcome this fall. Yes, we have much for which to be thankful, but none of it would be possible without the generous philanthropic support of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. And, so it is to all of you who have made a gift to Colby-Sawyer in the past year that we say thank you. We are most thankful for you and to you.

When you make a gift to Colby-Sawyer you make a positive difference in a student's life immediately. And every gift to Colby-Sawyer is an important gift; every gift is meaningful. One of the wonderful things about being a small college is that your gift to Colby-Sawyer matters. And you gift matters most in times like these.

Our students need financial aid more than they have ever needed it before. And your gifts for scholarship support provide that aid. Today more than 90% of our students receive some sort of aid. Without your gifts many of them would not be able to attend college. Without your gifts they would not be able to benefit from a great Colby-Sawyer education. And the benefits of that education last for generations. They extend the horizons of families forever.

Our faculty need teaching and development resources that your gifts make possible. Through your support they are better able to keep up with and implement new methods of teaching today's students. And they are better able to hone longstanding and successful teaching strategies to benefit our students. They are better able to help our students learn how they can make the world a better place.

Your gifts help us bring our four strategic themes alive—engaged learning, linking to the world, sustainability, and a dynamic devotion to excellence. We feel very fortunate to have wonderful people like you believe in us and believe in what we do. As this year begins, we start the implementation of our plan for the next five years at Colby-Sawyer. Please read all about those plans in upcoming publications. They include an increased emphasis on communicating how special Colby-Sawyer is, a new logo, new facilities, and more. We look forward to your comments and hope very much that you will continue your support in the years ahead because you are critical to our success.

Gratefully,

Thomas C. Galligan Jr.
President and Professor of Humanities
tgalligan@colby-sawyer.edu