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The Big Board

Gifts to the College of Law by Class Year

Gifts to the College of Law by Class Year
Gifts to the College of Law by Class Year

Annual alumni giving is the lifeblood of the College of Law, and each year there are new achievements to celebrate. 

We are often asked how class years stack up by participation rate—so to see your class year, take a look at “The Big Board” to the right. Starting with the Class of 1959, you’ll find alumni giving participation rates for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) calculated by solicitable alumni, as well as lifetime gifts to the College through June 30, 2019. Gifts in any amount count toward each class year’s participation rate. Last year saw many giving highlights. 

The Class of 1968 raised more than $100,000 in honor of its 50th reunion year (read more about the effort here). Moreover, the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018—the pioneers of the Class Act! student giving campaign—are now showing some of our strongest participation rates, a testament to their generosity and their commitment to their alma mater. 

The Class of 2019’s Class Act! campaign set a new giving record for the College of Law (and the University at large), with 80% of J.D. students and 94% of LL.M. students supporting the campaign. They’ve set a high bar for the Class of 2020’s campaign, which is already underway. 

We are extremely proud of the philanthropic support we receive from our students and alumni. Your gifts are important and impactful. Alumni giving enables us to invest in strategies to improve our national rankings, as it:

  • Provides the means for us to attract talented and highly credentialed students through scholarship offerings;
  • Improves our student-to-faculty ratio; and
  • Delivers the innovative programs that not only prepare students for careers in an increasingly competitive and global legal profession but also distinguish us as a law school.

Please help improve your class numbers. To donate, visit law.syr.edu and click on “Make a Gift.” Every gift counts! Be sure to read next year’s Giving Book to see how your class did in Fiscal Year 2020.

Thank you!

Editor’s Note: The orange arrows in the chart, next to certain class years, signify increased participation from FY18 to FY19.