The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Annual Appeal, formerly known as the “Douglass Annual Fund” is a yearly fundraising appeal, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Historically, the funds raised have supported our mission to provide ongoing financial, programming, and communications support to Douglass College, her students and her alumnae.
On April 20, 2015, Rutgers legal counsel informed the AADC that it was terminating the role the AADC has served for decades as the primary fundraising arm for Douglass and would immediately cut off the AADC’s access to critical information. In effect the University moved to change the historic nature of the AADC. In May, all parties mutually agreed to enter into mediation.
After selecting a mutually agreed upon mediator, mediation began in July. A condition of the mediation process is that neither party can disclose the confidential nature of these discussions. However, during the mediation process, Rutgers has requested that the AADC not raise funds on behalf of Douglass Residential College. While the AADC does not agree with Rutgers’ position, we have decided to refrain from fundraising for DRC at this time. We can, however, raise contributions for the AADC, which will help us continue our work, help resolve current issues and support alumnae initiatives. This is the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Annual Appeal.
Gifts to the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Annual Appeal allow us the flexibility to direct support to alumnae initiatives that are of the greatest priority and to seize unique opportunities, which empower and strengthen our sisterhood. This year in particular we need involvement and financial support from all Douglass alumnae to allow the AADC to provide specifically tailored alumnae programs and initiatives, and to provide a best-in-class alumnae organization for all Douglass sisters.
Reunions are milestones—occasions for alumnae to commemorate their place in alma mater’s history, reflect on what their student and alumnae experience has meant to them, and renew their ties with their classmates and the AADC. Reunions are about reminiscing but also about reconnecting. Milestone classes focus their fundraising efforts to increase the financial support provided to the AADC. Now, more than ever, alumnae involvement and financial support are needed to allow the AADC to provide specifically-tailored alumnae programs and initiatives, and to provide a best-in-class alumnae organization for all Douglass sisters.
Through the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) you are part of a vibrant, powerful sisterhood that educates, empowers, and engages all Douglass women through their lifetimes. It is only through annual alumnae giving that the AADC is able to seize unique opportunities which empower and strengthen our sisterhood. In the past, reunion giving traditionally included all outright contributions received from alumnae celebrating a 5-year milestone during that current fiscal year.
To learn more about fundraising for your , please contact Emily Reynolds Russell ’05.