Thank You! to the 12,662 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who supported the college in 2020–2021.

Because of their dedication, a Carleton education is as strong as it’s ever been — rigorous, supportive, diverse, and immersive. And the record-smashing end to the Every Carl for Carleton campaign ensures a bright future for the college.

By the Numbers

  • Total Gifts: $72,207,513
  • Annual Fund: 11,205 donors, 36 percent participation
  • Volunteers: 3,401 volunteers

Annual Giving Highlights

For the first time in Carleton’s history, the Annual Fund surpassed $10 million, reaching $10,625,338. Reaching this milestone was thanks to 11,205 alumni, parents, and friends of the college who care deeply about sustaining the Carleton experience. More specifically, the Alumni Annual Fund raised $9,538,320 for Carleton, including matching gifts from alumni. This represents contributions from 36 percent of alumni, or 9,579 donors. The Parents Fund saw an increase of 45 percent over the last two years and reached a new record of $931,501 with gifts from non-alumni parents.

Find more information on the Annual Fund results and impact website.

Reunion Giving Highlights

Carleton held its first-ever virtual Reunion this year, Reunion 20+21, featuring a variety of online panels, presentations, and discussions. More than a thousand people, with alumni spanning classes from 1950 to 2021, tuned in to show that even COVID-19 couldn’t hamper their school spirit. Together, they raised $2,867,519 for Carleton and its students.

50th Reunion

The Class of 1971 celebrated its 50th reunion with an extraordinary gift of $20,544,594, powered by a 52-percent participation rate in their class gift. The 50th reunion theme of “Ch-ch-ch-changes” became a mantra for the planning committee in the two years preceding their big event.

25th Reunion

The Class of 1996 celebrated its 25th reunion with a focus on providing the full Carleton experience to as many current students as possible. They came together to raise $396,436, their largest class gift ever, with 59 percent participation.