Historic fundraising challenge on College’s 108th birthday

founder day challenge 2019 success

Historic Giving Challenge a Huge Success!

Connecticut College faculty, students, staff and alumni celebrated 108 years of academic excellence on April 5 with a Founders Day tea in Shain Library, the ceremonial bell-ringing and the success of the largest fundraising challenge in the College’s history. Generous donors Brad Brown P’12 ’15 ’20, Rob Hale ’88 P’20, Zoe Klein Henriquez ’99 and Raj Vig ’93 pledged $500,000 if at least 2,000 donors made gifts to the College in the 48 hours leading up to the celebration. When that goal was surpassed, several current and former trustees pledged an additional $250,000, for a total of $750,000, if at least 2,750 donors participated in the challenge, which was also achieved. The final count was over 3,400 donors and more that $1 million dollars raised, both records for the College.

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The College celebrated its 108th birthday on April 5, 2019.

The College's birthday, known as Founders Day, is celebrated on April 5, the date in 1911 on which the College’s original charter was signed by the Connecticut Secretary of State. The Connecticut State Assembly originally approved the charter on April 4 to Thames College. The name was changed a few months later to Connecticut College for Women.