SUNY Potsdam Leads the Pack for Alumni Participation in Giving


As one of the smallest comprehensive college institutions within the State University of New York, SUNY Potsdam has tightknit alumni—with an amazing track record of generous graduates who give back to the College.

For the first time, SUNY Potsdam recently was ranked No. 1 among SUNY comprehensive colleges for the percentage of all alumni who donate to their alma mater in the fiscal year 2011-12 Voluntary Support of Education Report. Last year, Potsdam ranked third in the category.

“The overwhelming support of SUNY Potsdam alumni shows how highly they value the broad liberal arts and sciences education that the College offers each student. Gifts from our loyal alumni allow the next generation of SUNY Potsdam students to continue to achieve their goals and experience life-changing learning opportunities,” said Vice President for College Advancement Vicki Templeton-Cornell, who is also executive director of the Potsdam College Foundation, Inc. “We would like to thank all of our donors, including our volunteer boards who help steward the foundation and the gifts that support the College mission, for their record level of support.”

Among its 13 master’s-granting peers, SUNY Potsdam is the second smallest in terms of enrollment, but it came out of top for alumni participation in giving, with 8.7 percent making donations to the College in 2011-12. Potsdam is also No. 1 for undergraduate alumni participation, with 9.6 percent of bachelor’s graduates giving back.

In addition, SUNY Potsdam is No. 11 in the nation among all public master’s-granting universities in the United States for its alumni participation rate, up from No. 15 last fiscal year.

SUNY Potsdam raised $2,656,136 in fiscal year 2011-12. Many groups of supporters rallied to help achieve this success. Strong leadership from the College administration and the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees were instrumental in exceeding the fundraising goal once again.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.