Philanthropy Report 2015-2016

A Message from President Elizabeth Kiss

I extend my deepest gratitude for your generosity and loyalty. You are one of more than 4,000 donors to the college in 2015-2016, helping us achieve remarkable milestones and educate hundreds of young women to be effective change agents in a global society. 

Here are just a few highlights of landmark achievements in the last fiscal year:

  • We successfully launched SUMMIT, a huge undertaking that involved creative effort and leadership by faculty and staff across campus. We offered our first-year SUMMIT courses for the first time, sent our first-year class to 12 different destinations, introduced digital portfolios, fully launched the SUMMIT and peer advisor programs, and organized our inaugural Peak Week for upperclass students. 
  • We broke records for both enrollment and retention, welcoming 272 first-year students in the class of 2019 and first-to-second year retention rate of 87 percent. 
  • Giving from alumnae, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations soared last year. The 50th reunion gift of the class of 1966, at $366,041, was the highest in college history, and we exceeded the $100 million goal of our Greatness Before Us campaign a full year ahead of schedule. 
  • We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the integration of Agnes Scott and dedicated two new centers, the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion and the Gue Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service. 
  • We were named the No. 2 most diversified college in the country by Time magazine, and received accolades from the U.S. Department of Education for our strong record in promoting the success of low-income students. We were also recognized by the Princeton Review as a "College That Pays You Back" – an institution providing an excellent education and great career preparation at an affordable price.
  • We celebrated the accomplishments of the class of 2016, whose members include Agnes Scott's second Marshall Scholar, Emaline Laney, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, Alena Ja, bringing our total number of Fulbrights to 30 in the past decade.
  • We secured a major grant for our Green Revolving Fund (GRF), and reached our goal of raising $1 million for our GRF by 2015. This grant enabled us to switch out 16,000 light bulbs in 17 buildings LEDs and to replace 105 toilets and 95 showerheads. These steps will save 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually and enable us to use 60 percent less water per flush and 40 percent less water per shower use. 

In sum, it was a year of extraordinary achievement due in part to you-- Agnes Scott's community of donors. What the college accomplishes each year with your gifts is immense, and we are deeply thankful for your generosity. 

Together, we are achieving great things--not only sustaining our mission but also making Agnes Scott a stronger and more distinctive institution. I extend my personal gratitude to each donor who makes this remarkable college possible. I hope you will enjoy perusing this report and take pleasure in seeing all the ways your philanthropy helps build a better world.

Elizabeth Kiss
President