The mission of Institutional Advancement is to develop lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, and friends of Saint Michael’s College and to engage them as committed volunteers and benefactors. The outreach and development programs of Institutional Advancement provide additional resources which enable the College to offer competitive financial aid packages to students and to enrich the quality of academic and student life programs.
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations sponsors educational, social, and cultural events for the College’s nearly 20,000 alumni. Parents of current students and parents of alumni are also welcomed to all events. Alumni class reunions, as well as homecoming and family weekends provide opportunities to visit campus, rekindle friendships, and enjoy the special bonds of the Saint Michael’s College community. Numerous Saint Michael’s clubs and regional groups also host regular events.
Saint Michael’s has a long history of philanthropic investment from its alumni, parents, and friends. Approximately 19% of the College’s alumni make a gift to Saint Michael’s each year. The Senior Class Gift program which has been in existence for more than 25 years, encourages the class members to each make gifts to support the individual areas of campus most important to their Saint Michael’s experience. Our Senior Class giving participation has been averaging between 35% and 40%.
The core annual giving program is The Saint Michael’s Fund which supports current programs at the College and immediately impacts the student experience. Gifts to the Saint Michael’s Fund sustain financial aid, student scholarship, technology, academic and student life programs, athletics and much more.
The priority of the major gift development effort is to align the philanthropic priorities of our leadership benefactors with the needs of the College. The primary focuses are to obtain leadership gifts for the Saint Michael’s Fund, to increase the number of endowed scholarships and to provide increased donor funded financial aid. Additionally, funding is sought for academic, student life, and campus ministry endowments, as well as, capital (building) projects.
The following volunteer opportunities are available: admissions, career advising, Reunion, hosting events, Club leadership, Alumni Board of Directors, class agents, and more. For further information about Institutional Advancement programs, please contact: Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Saint Michael’s College, SMC Box 256, One Winooski Park, Colchester, Vermont 05439. Telephone: 802-654-2557. Fax: 802-654-2592. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.smcvt.edu/advancement.