A Year of Unexpected Surprises

2020 has certainly been a year of unexpected surprises. In the midst of tragedy and uncertainty, Beloiters have chosen to Be All In and be more generous to their college than ever before.

While national trends for higher ed philanthropy during the pandemic were largely in a downward direction, Beloit College broke records for giving this year—again.

  • Giving Day in April shattered all previous records, one of which was doubling the number of faculty/staff gifts from the year before.
  • Overall giving to the college increased by $2.4 million in total, or 40%.
  • The first year of the Be All In campaign for Beloit resulted in a 73% increase in unrestricted annual fund dollars for a total of $5.1 million.

Giving comes in many forms: since the start of the pandemic, hundreds of alumni have been working with students to help navigate their new job environment. Hundreds continue volunteering their talent in service to Homecoming and Reunion planned for 2021, mentorship in the Beloit Channels, various advisory boards, and the celebration of Beloit’s 175th anniversary* next year.

Meanwhile, the college is pouring energy into the return to campus this fall. Excellent educational and social experiences will continue, with personal and community health top of mind. Classes will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Extracurricular activities will look different. New models for financial aid will make Beloit more affordable.

The college is planning for an uncertain future by being Beloitishly agile with every twist and turn, and will be ready for whatever surprises come next.

Because of the generosity of alumni and friends, Beloit is resilient, grateful, and optimistic about its future and direction. Thank you for the outstanding support this past year.

*A 175th anniversary is known as a demisemiseptcentennial or quartoseptcentennial. #Beloitersknowstuff

July 21, 2020

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