Number of Alumni Donors Highest Ever in 2011

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It’s no secret that Monterey Institute alumni are out to make a difference, and that holds true when it comes to supporting the Institute, as well. MIIS alumni have long been generous in offering career opportunities to graduates and have volunteered as alumni mentors and panelists at the annual MIIS Career Fair. This year, alumni have gone the extra mile to ensure the strength of MIIS and support future students through annual giving, as the number of alumni donors at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2011) achieved an all-time high.

The movement to boost alumni support has largely been driven by alumni themselves. The increase in giving this year can be attributed in part to recent record-breaking alumni gifts and the establishment of new scholarship funds. Just a few examples:
• Board member Andrea Gabrielle (MBA ’88) pledged to provide matching funds for the Class of 2011 Challenge, which encourages the current year’s graduating class to give to the Alumni Scholarship Fund
• Policy studies alumna Linda Childs Hothem (BA ’85) established the Linda Childs Hothem Scholarship Fund to support students from Latin America
• Alumna Christine Casanave (MATESOL ’77) made a gift to create the Christine R. Pearson Casanave TESOL Scholarship Fund, the first MIIS scholarship for TESOL students
• Inspired by Christine’s generosity, and in celebration of the TESOL program’s 30th Anniversary, the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education established a new fund for MATESOL and MATFL students with gifts from alumni, faculty, and staff.

Collective giving is also at the core of the Institute’s Annual Fund. It is not only the size of the gifts, but the number of alumni who participate that matters. Private donors, corporations, and foundations look at the percent of alumni who support MIIS in any given year when considering a contribution, because this provides a measure of internal support for the Institute. Alumni support also lessens the school’s dependence on tuition and fees, allowing the Institute to focus on building excellence in its core programs, growing immersive learning projects and activities, and recruiting top-notch students.

“The support the Monterey Institute receives from alumni is heartening and especially meaningful, because these are the people who know the Institute best,” says Leah Gowron (MPA ’97), director of alumni relations and annual giving. “MIIS alumni recognize the gift of a Monterey Institute education, and want to share it with others. Every gift, of any size, truly makes a difference.”
More than 3% of alumni made a gift to the Institute’s Annual Fund last year, up from 2% the previous year. The new alumni giving goal for 2013 is to achieve 5% participation, or about 550 alumni donors. For more information about giving to the Institute, visit or call 831.647.3545.

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