Our Community Keeps Us Strong

In this past fiscal year, more than 13,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends supported Carleton with a financial gift, and more than 3,000 volunteers dedicated their time and talents to advance our mission of providing an exceptional liberal arts education. Our community’s consistently generous support ensures that Carleton will continue to embody the excellence for which it is known. The dollars raised this year for the Annual Fund, for other current and restricted support, and for the endowment will benefit all aspects of the college today and in the years to come. 

Thank you!

By the Numbers

  • Total gifts: $40,241,078
  • Total donors: 13,104
  • Total volunteers: 3,129
  • Joseph Lee Heywood Society: 66 new members
  • Three Oaks Society: 143 new members
  • Gifts supporting financial aid: $15.3 million

Annual Giving Highlights

The Annual Fund raised $10,553,204 from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, thanks to 10,932 alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Their generosity touches all aspects of campus, from financial aid to health and wellness resources.

  • $9,482,104 raised for the Alumni Annual Fund from 9,211 donors
  • $928,120 raised by the Parents Fund from 1,542 donors
  • $142,980 raised by the Friends Fund from 179 donors

Find more information about donors’ impact on the Annual Fund website.

Reunion Giving Highlights

Alumni celebrated lifelong connections with each other and the college at Reunion in June. A total of 2,400 alumni and guests came together on campus, from the classes of 1947 through 2018 along with newly graduated members of the Class of 2023. Together, they raised $3.28 million for the Alumni Annual Fund.  

50th Reunion

The Class of 1973 celebrated its milestone reunion with tie-dye, thoughtful programming, and love for Carleton. Members of the class raised $28,194,495, the fourth-largest 50th reunion gift in Carleton history, with an impressive 64.3 percent participation. The class’s Stay the Course ’73 Fund will provide $250,000 over the next five years and establishes a $1 million endowment, helping to eliminate financial barriers that might interrupt a student’s education or prevent them from fully enjoying their Carleton experience. Additionally, the class raised $1.2 million for the Class of ’73 Scholarship, which will strengthen the college’s initiative to increase the number of Pell-eligible and undocumented students on campus.

25th Reunion

In celebration of their 25th reunion, the Class of 1998 reimagined what was possible to raise an impressive $630,157 for the Alumni Annual Fund. This gift stands as the second-largest 25th reunion class gift in the college’s history and included participation from 62.8 percent of the class. The planning committee successfully engaged classmates throughout the planning process with creativity, humor, optimism, and a competitive spirit to ensure that every current Carleton student has access to the best liberal arts experience possible, both inside and outside the classroom.