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Hamilton College fundraising campaign reaches $400 million goal

By Traci DeLore (


Photo credit: Adam J. Brockway

CLINTON, N.Y. — Hamilton College announced that it has reached its fundraising goal of $400 million for its “Because Hamilton” campaign, with several weeks remaining before the initiative ends on June 30.

The fundraising campaign’s priorities — selected after a year-long institutional strategic-planning process with input from students, faculty, staff, and alumni — included financial aid, digital leadership, and career exploration.

The $400 million goal for the effort, launched in 2018, is more than double that of any previous fundraising campaign.

“The quality of the facilities, the depth of the programs, and most importantly, the ability to attract talented people to live, work, and study on College Hill are all possible because of the financial support we receive from loyal donors dedicated to making Hamilton one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country,” President David Wippman said in a press release.

More than 29,000 people contributed more than 177,000 individual campaign gifts. While Hamilton College received its largest-ever gifts during the campaign, gifts of $100 or less accounted for more than 75 percent of the total gifts to date. The college noted an 80 percent alumni participation rate in the campaign.

Trustee Jeff Little, class of 1971, and board Chair David Solomon, class of 1984, co-chair the campaign.