Annual Fund Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fund for CMC?
Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College are known collectively as The Fund for CMC. Fund contributions support faculty salaries, provide financial aid, maintain the campus and enhance student activities.

What is the CMC Annual Fund?
CMC's Annual Fund one of the most important ways that alumni, parents, and friends support the College. Gifts made to the Annual Fund provide "budget relieving" support to some of the most important areas on campus including financial aid, academic support, athletic programs, and student activities. Annual Fund gifts are expended in the same fiscal year in which they are received.

Where exactly do Annual Fund dollars go?
Unless otherwise designated, alumni gifts help support all CMC students, including the 53% of students receiving financial aid.

Gifts from parents help enrich the CMC experience by providing extra support to programs such as the Athenaeum speaker series, 11 research institutes and centers, and other campus programs, clubs, and teams.

Can I designate my gift to something specific on campus?
Although the College prefers to receive unrestricted gifts that can be applied to the most important budgetary needs, some donors prefer to specify the use of their gift. There are many programs, clubs, and teams to which you can designate your gift, including any academic department, any varsity or club sports team, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the Dean of Students fund, and others.

Why is annual giving so important?
Making an annual gift every year makes a statement to corporations, foundations, and college ranking publications, that you believe in Claremont McKenna College's mission and support the unique educational experience that it provides. Your annual gift provides vital support to the immediate operating budget of CMC and helps to ensure that many of the departments, programs, teams, and institutes get the funds they need to provide a college experience of the highest quality while maintaining a balanced budget. It would take an additional million in endowment funds to provide what CMC receives through its Annual Fund programs.

What are this year's Alumni and Parent's Fund goals?
For fiscal year 2015-16 the CMC alumni fund goals are $4.87 million and 40% alumni participation. Included in the Annual Fund is the goal of $800,000 for the Parents Fund.

What is the difference between an annual gift and a capital or endowment gift?
Annual gifts are raised each year from alumni, parents and friends of CMC and spent within the same fiscal year. Annual gifts help provide funds to many of the programs and priorities on campus that do not receive regular designated support including financial aid, classroom and athletic equipment, and experience enriching programs around campus.

A capital gift is normally a larger, one-time gift that goes toward projects like new buildings, endowing funds for new professorships, or increasing the general endowment.

How many alumni give to CMC? How does this compare to CMC's peers?
In fiscal year 2014-15 CMC had 4,277 alumni donate for a participation rate of 39%. This place us ahead of the 34% participation median of our peer highly selective national liberal art colleges.

How many Parents give to CMC?
In the 2014-15 fiscal year, over 900 parents donated $760,000 for the Parents Fund.

How can I make a gift to the Annual Fund?
There are a variety of ways to make a gift to Claremont McKenna College including:

  • Make your gift via one of our secure online gift forms found here.
  • Call 1-800-GIVE-2-CMC (1-800-448-3226) to make your gift by phone
  • Mail your gift to: Development Office
    Claremont McKenna College
    400 North Claremont Boulevard #205
    Claremont, CA 91711-4015
  • You may view all the methods of making a gift here.

When is CMC's fiscal year?
CMC's fiscal year runs from July 1st through June 30th.

What are the tax benefits of giving to CMC?
All gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. CMC is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. CMC has also been granted tax-exempt status by Revenue Canada. The College issues gift receipts for each gift.

There are additional tax benefits to making gifts of appreciated stock or setting up annuities and trusts with CMC. You may contact an annual fund officer if you have any questions on these types of gifts. You may also find more information on the Planned Giving web pages.

What are matching gifts and how can I make sure my gift is matched?
Many employers will match gifts made by their employees, retirees, and directors to non-profit organizations; some even offer a higher than 1 to 1 match. To see if your company offers matching or to get a matching gift form, you may contact your company’s human resources department. By spending a few short minutes filling out a simple form, you can often double the power of your gift.

What are my rights as a donor?
CMC's Donor Bill of Rights can be found here.

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For more information, contact:

Office of Development
400 North Claremont Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711-4015
(800) Give-2-CMC (800-448-3226) or
(909) 607-9314