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Bronco News: SCU Alumni Association


The start of something good

Thanks to you, Broncos, alumni giving participation at Santa Clara is up for the first time in almost a decade.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” Perhaps those words are vaguely familiar to some of you. For the rest of you, they’re from the Bible (specifically, Matthew 7:7). Fellow Broncos, we asked and you gave; we searched and we found; we knocked and you opened your doors.

In the Winter 2009 edition of this magazine, I entreated you to consider donating to your beloved alma mater. To that end I employed a chart that showed the level of undergraduate alumni giving at selected Catholic and other private universities, including Santa Clara. I also included a graph that tracked alumni financial participation at Santa Clara from 2000 to 2009, a graph that went down, down, down. In the 2000–01 fiscal year, 27 percent of undergraduate alumni were providing some level of financial support to Santa Clara, but by the 2008–09 fiscal year that number had fallen below 16 percent.


But now, thanks to you, fellow Broncos, there is encouraging news in those bleak numbers. More than 6,700 of you made donations to Santa Clara in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, a 25 percent increase from the previous year, and the overall undergraduate alumni participation rate has risen from 15.57 to 18.64 percent. Remarkably, at a time when there is little good news to be found on the financial pages, dollars raised for support of current students through the Santa Clara Fund totaled $1.8 million, exceeding the goal set for fiscal year 2010 and more than doubling the amount raised in 2007.

Your generosity has allowed SCU to increase direct support to our undergraduates, many of whom are dependent on financial assistance. Your gifts help provide scholarships, academic program assistance, funds for immersion, and support for student initiatives.


This is just the beginning. If we can match last year’s increase in alumni support for each of the next three years, we will more than double the number of alumni donors. Then think long-term: If we can keep up this pace for eight years, we will achieve a 42 percent level of alumni participation, which would tie us with Notre Dame and even place us ahead of USC. (The bad news with the good: When we compare alumni giving participation at SCU to the schools we listed last year, we still have a ways to go.) The participation level is important not only because of the support it brings our current students, but also because it reflects in our rankings and demonstrates the deep level of alumni satisfaction with Santa Clara.

I again thank those of you who responded so generously to last year’s appeal and I ask for your continued support this year. If you’re among those still waiting for just the right time to make the donation that your conscience is ever so loudly imploring you to make, remember that every gift, no matter how small, will be welcomed as a further sign of the broadening base of alumni support.

And just imagine how gratifying it will be when we learn we’ve edged out Gonzaga, currently standing at 21.63 percent participation. You could be the one who gets us there.

Go Broncos!


Catherine Horan-Walker ’69
Past President of the SCU Alumni
Association (2009–10)



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