Alumni Participation

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Begin quote As alumni, we must stand up for the continuing success of our university. We need all of our alumni giving every year, regardless of each gifts size. Alumni giving helps our students, helps athletics, helps academics, and much more. – Maureen Gavron Partynski '82 Outgoing Alumni Association Board President

2015 USD Alcalá Alumni Fund Allocation

The Alcalá Alumni Fund has accumulated approximately $121,000 over the past fiscal year. Gifts to the Alcalá Alumni Fund support the University of San Diego’s highest priorities and most pressing needs. The allocation breakdown is listed below.

Scholarships – 64%

Sixty-four percent of gifts support scholarships for today’s students, making it possible for students of the highest caliber to attend the university, regardless of their financial circumstances. During the 2014-2015 Academic Year, over 70% of students received financial aid. It is evident that one of the University’s top priorities is to provide scholarship support for our students and make the USD education affordable.

Changemaker Challenge – 12%

Twelve percent of gifts support the Changemaker Challenge, which invites students, faculty and staff to employ imagination, hard work, and passion to generate ideas for addressing a current social challenge proposed to us by leaders from the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Alcala Alumni Fund aids in the promotion of the Challenge, the execution of 10+ workshops and field trips and overall engaged 500+ students, staff, and faculty.

Student Travel Funds – 12%

Twelve percent of gifts support Student Travel Funds. Every year, the Provost learns of students who cannot participate in core programming away from San Diego due to lack of travel funds. This year, the Alcala Alumni Fund will support students who have financial need, which will allow them to travel to academic conferences, participate in away club sporting events or even study abroad.

Alumni Connections Fund – 12%

Twelve percent of gifts support the Alumni Connections Fund which provides innovative programing that strengthens alumni connections to each other and USD. These funds will support the USD Alumni Association and the Career Development Center partnership on Torero Treks, a program where students visit alumni working at companies in regions outside of San Diego. This year students will be visiting alumni at companies in Los Angeles, Seattle and the Bay Area. These funds will also support alumni programming with USD Athletics.

*These numbers were taken from gifts made to the Alcalá Alumni Fund over the last fiscal year (July 2014 - June 2015).

What is alumni participation? Why is it important?

  • The term alumni participation when used in higher education specifically means the percentage of alumni that make an annual financial gift to their alma mater.
  • Since alumni participation rate is universally regarded as the best way to measure alumni satisfaction with their alma mater, it is one of the key metrics used to determine national rankings and the financial support received from foundations.
  • These institutions do not look at the dollar amount of alumni gifts, just the percentage of alumni that give at any level. A gift of $25 is just as important as a gift of $2,500 when it comes to alumni participation.
  • Although national rankings and international recognition increases the value of USD degrees, the bottom line is that alumni gifts sustain the University of San Diego. Collectively, thousands of individual gifts enable us to provide much-needed scholarships, services, programs and facilities for our current students.

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