College raises more than $5 million for 2012 fiscal year

Alumni and friends of The College of Idaho have once again shown powerful support for the school and its commitment to providing an outstanding liberal arts education that prepares students to thrive. For the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the College raised more than $5.3 million, enjoyed a sizable increase in alumni fundraising and matched the 36 percent alumni giving record established in 2011.

More alumni gave to the College than ever before in 2012. Alumni gifts totaled more than $1.3 million, an increase of better than 40 percent from 2011 that will help insure current students continue to have access to some of the strongest scholarship programs in the region.

“Year after year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our alumni,” said Tara Wensel, director of the College’s annual fund. “Their unwavering support shows how much they value the education they received at the College, the relationships they built with their professors and classmates, and the desire they have for current and future students to enjoy those same life-changing experiences.”

The College of Idaho has by far the highest alumni giving percentage amongst Idaho schools, more than doubling second-ranked Northwest Nazarene University’s 15 percent. The C of I also ranks second in the Pacific Northwest, trailing only Whitman College (40 percent) and well ahead of other liberal arts schools such as Reed College (25 percent), Willamette University (22 percent) and Carroll College (20 percent). The C of I has nearly doubled its alumni giving rate in the past six years despite a challenging national economic climate, climbing into the top 10 percent of all colleges in the United States.

In addition to alumni giving, the College received gifts from 100 percent of its faculty members, 97 percent of its graduating seniors and 80 percent of its staff members during fiscal year 2012. All of the money raised counts toward the ongoing Advance The Legacy campaign to raise $175 million by 2016 (  The campaign, which has raised more than $151 million to date, will strengthen the C of I’s 121-year legacy of great teaching that prepares successful graduates.

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