Alumni Support Helps Business School Reach New Heights

Alumni and School supporters came together to set a new fundraising record for the Columbia Business Fund and EMBA Fund in fiscal year 2014.
July 23, 2014
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Alumni and School supporters came together to set a new fundraising record for the Columbia Business Fund and EMBA Fund in fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014), providing much-needed unrestricted support for School programs and initiatives.

From CaseWorks and Master Classes to student financial aid and faculty research, almost every aspect of the School benefits from unrestricted alumni support. The number of alumni who gave to the annual funds grew by 11 percent, and the fiscal year ’14 fundraising total stands at over $7 million.

“On behalf of the entire Columbia Business School community, it is my pleasure to thank everyone who supported the 2013-14 Columbia Business Fund and EMBA Fund,” said Lisa Yeh, senior associate dean of external relations and development. “It is exciting to see that more and more alumni are donating their time and resources to the School — fiscal year ’14 saw a record-breaking number of Reunion volunteers, and the Hermes Society Leadership Committee members were instrumental in helping us exceed our goals. We also set a new participation record on Columbia Giving Day 2013, a 24-hour online fundraising initiative, with over 900 donors contributing more than $580,000 to the annual funds. We look forward to engaging with our alumni through these growing programs and are setting our sights even higher for fiscal year ’15.”

Yeh believes it is crucial to increase alumni participation in fiscal year ’15 to build on last year’s success. She reported that the year is already off to a great start, with more than 96 percent of the Class of 2014 having pledged to make their first gift as alumni in fiscal year ’15. “This collective show of support from recent graduates will undoubtedly put us on the path to success, and we need the commitment of alumni from all decades and all classes to help us reach greater heights,” she explained. “I urge everyone to get involved, stay connected, and help us strengthen the Columbia Business School brand that continues to remain at the very center of business and academic excellence.”

If you have questions about the Columbia Business Fund or EMBA Fund, please contact Barbara Clapp, director of individual giving, at 212-851-4301 or

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