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September 2006

Alma Matters

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Giving to Dartmouth: A Primer

Why does Dartmouth keep asking me for money? I already gave, why should I give again? Why should I give at all? Read on to better understand where your $$ goes.

As alumni of Dartmouth, there are three distinct areas where we are generally asked for financial support.

1999 Class Dues and Class Projects The dollar amount of class dues is set by each individual class. This year, our class dues remain at a low cost of $35. Class dues are paid to the class treasury and are used to fund your subscription to the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, to pro- duce the class newsletter, to support social events (e.g. regional mini-reunions), and for reunions. Each class may also undertake a class project and ask for an ad- ditional contribution specifically for that project. Our class is funding a Tucker Foundation Fellowship and a Memorial Book Program. Look for further details on these programs on page 5 of this newsletter.

ment on a pledge has been made to the DCF, you are no longer contacted during the fiscal year. The College’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 and all gifts made to the College through the DCF are tax-deductible. All pledges to the DCF must be paid by June 30.

The most efficient and time saving method for making a gift to the College is online by visiting https:// www.dartmouthcollegefund.org

When you choose to make a gift to the DCF, you can designate your gift to one or divide your gift among the following areas: the College’s highest priori- ties; the arts; student financial aid; technology and the digital library; academic programs and faculty support; athletic programs; student programs and services; and the campus.

Class dues and class project contributions are usually collected in the fall of each year by snail mail and e-mail, with follow-up solicitations throughout the year. Once your dues have been paid, you are no longer contacted during the class’ fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.

Dartmouth College The College requests your support in two ways: to specific projects and to its general budget. The College collects restrict- ed gifts for use towards specific projects under- taken at the College. New campus buildings such as Kemeny and the Rugby Team House are two projects that have been funded by alumni contributions for use toward such specific purposes. Restricted gifts are so- licited throughout the year by representatives of the College, via snail mail and e-mail.

The Dartmouth College Fund (DCF) collects unrestricted gifts to the College and provides approx- imately 10% of the College’s annual operating budget. Gifts and pledges to the DCF are requested by the Class Head Agent, Class Leadership Agents and under- graduate Green Corp$ students via personal contact, phone calls, snail mail, and e-mail. Once a gift or pay-

Regional or Affiliated Clubs

Each major urban and suburban area has a local Alumni Club that sponsors social events, community service activities, continuing education forums, and as- sists the College with alumni interviews of prospective students. These groups may have club dues to help fund club projects and activities.

Affiliated Alumni groups include the Black Alumni at Dartmouth Association, the Dartmouth Lawyer’s Association, the Alumni Association of Asian and Pacific Americans, as well as the Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association, the Association of Latino Alumni, and the Native American Alumni Association at Dart- mouth College.

Dues are often scaled for young alumni classes and requested in September via snail mail and e-mail.

Together we can make a difference. For our Class. For the past, present and future of Dartmouth College.

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