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The College of Idaho sets new giving records despite tough economy

2010. 07. 29.

Alumni and friends of The College of Idaho continue to show their support in the face of tough economic conditions. Even as giving to education nationwide declined for the second consecutive year – by an estimated $40 billion, according to the Giving USA Foundation – C of I set records for total annual fund dollars, alumni giving percentage and senior class giving.

Over 2,200 alumni – including 97 percent of the Class of 2010 – helped raise nearly $590,000 for the Boone Fund, the unrestricted giving program that supports the needs of C of I and its students. The College, which has seen its alumni giving percentage grow from 19 percent to 33 percent over the past five years, received nearly $5.1 million in total donations this fiscal year, up from $4.6 million in 2009.

“It's a measure of how much our alumni believe in us,” said Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel. “Our alumni, parents and friends have a lot of pride in this institution. Their gifts help the College improve, and it's also a way for them to stay connected to the College.”

Gifts were more important than ever this year as the College broke ground on its Boone Halls science building renovation and launched plans for an endowed chair in Judaic studies with the Howard Berger Lecture Series. Both projects continue into the coming school year, when C of I also unveils its new PEAK curriculum program.

“People like to give to success,” said Marv Henberg, who counts rising donations during his first year as President as an important step toward increasing the College's endowment. “These generous donations demonstrate that people's investments pay off here at The College of Idaho.”

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 seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten 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 undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit