A Season of Giving: Highlights of the 2016-2017 Philanthropy Report

Saint Anselm College exceeded fundraising expectations for the 2016-2017 year, and we could not have done it without our donors. With your support, talented and dedicated students can access this exceptional education.

On the Hilltop, they learn to think critically, grow spiritually and lead ethically. And they graduate empowered to help create a better world.

A fall campus photo

Dear Anselmians,

Thank you for your faith in the college and your generosity in launching the futures of our dedicated students.

It is our privilege to share this update about your philanthropy to Saint Anselm. Fiscal year 2017 was one of the top four most successful giving years in the college’s history. More than $10.7 million was committed to the college.

Contributions to The Saint Anselm Fund totaled $2.6 million in FY17 to help underwrite all of the unique Anselmian experiences—from academics to athletics, from the Meelia Center to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics—that make a Saint Anselm education so life transforming. Our donors made it their top priority to support scholarships for our dedicated Anselmian students. Giving to Anselmian Scholarships represented 40% of the $2.6 million donated to The Saint Anselm Fund. Scholarship support is very appreciated and very impactful, as 98% of our students require some type of need-based grant or academic scholarship to access a Saint Anselm education.

Your enthusiastic support made the third annual Anselmian Days of Giving a complete success in March. More than 1,400 Anselmians from across the globe honored the special memories, friendships, and experiences we call Anselmian Moments. Our generous donors gave to ensure that our students can continue to experience these same Anselmian Moments. Benefactors like you gave more than $545,000 to ensure our Anselmian tradition of excellence continues.

Other highlights of the year included two special ceremonies to celebrate extraordinary philanthropists within our community.

  • The groundbreaking event for the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, in October, celebrated the generosity of Roger Jean ’70, H.D. ’06 and Francine Jean. This transformational gift—the largest individual gift in the college’s history—along with leadership gifts from other trustees, alumni, and friends—is underwriting the renovation and expansion of the student center into a space that fosters the academic, social, and spiritual development of our Anselmian students.
  • The December ribbon-cutting event for the Dr. Paul McNeil ’46 College Entrance celebrated the generosity of Dr. Paul and Maureen McNeil and officially opened the new main entrance to Saint Anselm College. The brick and granite gateway now provides a dramatic first impression of the campus.

In other good news, our overall alumni giving participation rate in FY17 was more than 18% (3,622 alumni donors). Gifts received from classes celebrating reunions in 2017 totaled more than $579,000. The Reunion participation rate was more than 21% (839 donors). In addition, our Senior Class Gift participation rate was more than 34%, or 153 of the 442 members of the Class of 2017. Our alumni participation rate is climbing and becoming more impressive each year, and it is already higher than many of our competitor schools.

As we have witnessed in the last fiscal year, every friend and every donor, each gift of any size, all combine together to preserve the past and build the future of our beloved Saint Anselm College. We hope that you feel satisfaction in knowing that your gifts transform the lives of our students. In turn, these Saint Anselm graduates will go on to transform the world. We are grateful to all of you who share our belief and conviction that the world needs more Anselmians. In addition to your faith in the college’s mission, we thank you for your willingness to invest philanthropically to launch more Anselmian futures.


Frank Pfeffer ’76
Chair, Advancement Committee
Board of Trustees

James F. Flanagan
Senior Vice President
Office of Advancement

Who gives to Saint Anselm College?

$10.7 million in commitments (pledges plus outright gifts) to the college.

  • 57% alumni
  • 28% friends
  • 9% corporations
  • 6% parents

Your giving to the Saint Anselm Fund – Impact Now: $2,602,587

  • 40% Anselmian scholarships
  • 35% Anselmian support
  • 12% Anselmian life
  • 8% Anselmian academics
  • 5% Anselmian athletics

Thank you from our students, faculty and staff who benefit from your generous support.

View the Honor Roll of Donors Online

Through the 2016-2017 Honor Roll of Donors, Saint Anselm is honored to recognize the wonderful donors whose generosity propels the upward trajectory of the college. To see the names of the  contributors who supported our mission and students throughout the year, please visit: www.anselm.edu/HonorRoll2017

Your Support Helps Launch Futures

Thanks to you, Saint Anselm College closed FY17 as one of the top four most successful fundraising years in the college’s history. More than $10.7 million received in commitments (pledges plus outright gifts).

FY17 Commitments

  • $10.7 million
  • 9,300 gifts
  • 7,630 donors

Reunion Giving

  • 39.73%: Highest rate of participation (Class of 1957)
  • 121: Greatest number of donors (Class of 2012)
  • $129,308: Largest dollar total (Class of 1982)
  • 21.42% / 839 donors: Reunion participation rate

Young Alumni Giving

  • 15.11%: Participation rate among graduates of the last decade

Anselmian Days of Giving (March 22-23, 2017)

  • 1,429 donors
  • 859 alumni
  • All 28 members of the monastic community
  • 201 faculty and staff
  • 164 students
  • $545,000
  • 150 volunteers

Senior Class Gift

  • 34.6% participation rate
  • 153 donors

Alumni Giving

  • 18.52% participation rate
  • 3,622 alumni donors

President's Society Members
Donors who give at the leadership level of $1,000 and above

  • 1,054

Trustee Commitments
Pledges and outright gifts

  • $742,113

Parent Commitments
Pledges and outright gifts

  • $668,872

Corporate Fundraising

  • $522,719

ONE person can make a difference—YOU!