Letter from the Assistant Dean of Advancement

Chris Crooker
There was a lot to celebrate in the last year at Whitman, including the undergraduate and MBA rankings, new faculty members and a watershed admissions year, among others. At the University level, Syracuse raised $175.3 million in new business for the year. This was the strongest year for philanthropy in the Forever Orange campaign so far, and the second strongest in the University’s history, exceeded only by 2007-08. 
I want to call attention to another impressive victory that you, the alumni and friends of Whitman, made possible. Over $1.25 million was raised for the Whitman School’s Dean’s Fund. This brought us back to a pre-pandemic level, and the second highest total ever for the School. About 1,333 donors supported Whitman by making a gift to our Dean’s Fund. Of that number, over 1,100 gifts were under $200, proving that every gift matters. In addition to our passionate alumni, 86 parents of current Whitman students made gifts to the Fund. The Orange family is strong. 
Each year, emergent needs are met by the Dean’s Fund. Every dollar is spent in the year it is raised. Many friends of the School choose to target their giving to a specific program need within Whitman. In this issue of our magazine, we feature several donors making gifts to support scholarships at Whitman. Our new Internship Opportunities Fund demonstrates how private support can help our students fund meaningful internships in major cities. 
Whitman’s Orange network is legendary, and in the past year, it once again came together and supported the School. Please visit whitman.syracuse.edu/fy2021-22 to access the honor roll of donors to the School from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. Please consider joining this impressive list this year. 
Christopher Crooker 
Assistant Dean for Advancement 

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