The College of Idaho seeks alumni giving record

By June 30, The College of Idaho looks to set another alumni giving record and achieve the highest giving percentage of any college in the Pacific Northwest.  Alumni and friends of the College have until June 30 to make a tax-deductible gift that will count toward the 2011-2012 fiscal year. To make a quick and easy online gift, please visit

Last year, a record 36 percent of the College’s alumni made a gift. The more than 2,400 gifts totaled nearly $1 million and pushed the C of I to No. 2 in giving amongst Pacific Northwest schools, trailing only Whitman College at 41 percent.  

“We are so grateful that our alumni have responded so generously in recent years,” said Michael Vandervelden, vice president for college relations. “It is remarkable to see the love and support our alumni have for the College, and we hope even more will join us this year as we look to overtake Whitman for the No. 1 spot.”

The C of I has more than doubled its alumni giving rate since 2007 in spite of a challenging national economic climate. While giving to higher education has decreased nationwide, the College’s giving percentage has climbed into the top 10 percent of all colleges in the United States. Boone Fund director Tara Wensel and the student Coyote Callers recently capped another successful year, raising $120,000 for the College’s unrestricted annual fund through the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Phonathons.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit