Colorado College raises $18.6 million

Colorado College announced Wednesday that it has raised $18.6 million in charitable giving since last summer — the third best year for the campaign in the school’s 140-year history.

The cash gifts came from 9,000 alumni, parents, students and friends of the college, and made for a 27-percent increase from last year’s fundraising, according to a news release. The school received donations from the largest number of alumni since 2006.

“We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this significant fundraising effort for Colorado College,” President Jill Tiefenthaler said in a news release. “This year has been remarkable for the college.

Tiefenthaler said that it was a big year for Colorado College in other ways: The school received a record number of undergraduate admission applications and also was selected by Ashoka University as one of the country’s 26 “Changemaker” campuses. Colorado College’s Annual Fund also grew 15 percent throughout the year to $3.2 million.

“These measures of progress, including our fundraising performance, are some of the indicators of the college’s current position of strength that we will build on next year and beyond,” she said.

Among the gifts were four $1-million commitments, including one from ’54 graduate Ed Robson, $300,000 from an anonymous donor to create the Film and New Media Studies Fund, another anonymous $150,000 gift to support and enhance the school’s Half Block program and $800,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Block Programming.

“Members of the Colorado College community understand the uniqueness and importance of our innovative approach to the liberal arts and they are stepping forward to support the college’s mission in increasing numbers,” Sean Pieri, vice president for advancement, said in the release.