Annual Fund FAQs

Why are unrestricted gifts so important?
An unrestricted gift can be used wherever the need is greatest so your gift can aid all areas of the College.

Why do you call me every year?
The Dolphin Dialers program gives students an opportunity to thank donors personally for their support and encourage them to continue that support. The Dolphin Dialers also share College news and information about campus events. Plus the phone call is a great chance for you to let us know what you have been up to! If you would rather not hear from the Dolphin Dialers, please contact the Office for Alumnae/i Relations and Giving.

When is the College’s fiscal year?
The fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30.

Is my gift tax deductible?
All Annual Fund gifts are fully tax deductible.

My class is in a reunion year. Does my gift to the Annual Fund count for our class gift?
Yes! Many graduates choose to generously support the Annual Fund during a reunion year. Every gift you make to the Annual Fund counts toward your class gift total for Reunion Giving.

Who are the President’s Associates?
The President’s Associates at the College of Mount Saint Vincent are donors committed to giving $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund each year.

What is alumni participation?
Alumni participation is the number of graduates who support the College financially. It is a criteria used in the national rankings of colleges and universities. The alumni participation rate represents how many graduates contributed to the College out of the graduates who are solicitable. High alumni participation is a clear indicator of former students’ satisfaction with their college experience and their desire to participate in the school’s future success.

Foundations and government agencies consider alumni participation rates when making major gifts to colleges and universities. Additionally, college guidebooks such as U.S. News and World Report use alumni giving rates as the sole criterion to assess alumni satisfaction when determining overall institutional ratings of quality. Your gift publicly demonstrates your pride in the College of Mount Saint Vincent and your investment in its future while adding value to your own degree. Your gift makes a difference.

Can I make a gift in memory or in honor of someone special?
Yes! A gift to the College of Mount Saint Vincent Annual Fund is a wonderful way to honor a loved one and many alums choose to do so. When you send your gift, just send the full name of the person to be honored and who you would like to be notified of the gift. Your gift will appear in the College’s Annual Report as a gift in honor or in memory with your name and the name of the honoree.

What are matching gifts?
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by employees. This is a great way to double or even triple your Annual Fund gift. The donor’s name will appear in the giving society that reflects the donor’s gift plus the matching gift. Check with your Human Resources office to see if your company sponsors a matching gift program.

What are the Giving Societies?
Giving societies recognize the contributions of alumnae/i and friends of the Mount. Every gift is appreciated and every alumnae/i gift helps the Mount reach a goal of high alumnae/i participation.

Elizabeth Seton Society
$25,000 and above
Founders Guild
Louise de Marillac Society
Saint Vincent’s Leaders
Castle Society
White and Gold Club
Bayley Circle
Topaz Circle

For more information, please contact:

Kristin Yanniello
Associate Director for Alumnae/i Relations and Giving
(718) 405-3252