Annual Fund Growth
The fundraising for the various Columbia Athletics annual funds, including The Fund for Excellence and the varsity sports programs, has achieved incredible success over the course of The Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence. It has truly all added up to help us reach new heights.
We have had dramatic increases in both dollars raised and number of unique donors, thanks to the commitment by the University to Athletics, as well as the tireless work of our alumni and parent volunteers and coaches.
In Fiscal Year 2014, we surpassed $3 million for our annual funds for the first time in program history! This continues our incredible growth in the annual fund, up 193% since Fiscal Year 2005.
Even through the recession in 2009, our donors continued their generous support of Columbia Athletics, and we have a stronger base of alumni, family, friends, and fans than ever before in the history of the University.
We continue to see tremendous growth in our donor base in recent years. Thanks to Columbia Giving Day, initiated in Fiscal Year 2013, we have seen at least a 25% increase in donors in each of the last two fiscal years.