"Life has given me some great opportunities. It all started with great parents and a great education from UNH. I have been making an annual gift ever since I graduated."

— Paul Ferris ’80

 

2016-2017 Impact Report

 

The impact of gifts to the University of New Hampshire is as far-reaching and varied as the students, faculty and staff who call this place home. From scholarships to sustainability programs, athletics to study abroad experiences, and everything in between, annual donors make meaningful opportunities possible across UNH’s three campuses. This report highlights the impact of philanthropy at UNH for the most recent fiscal year. Thank you to those of you who supported UNH this year — you make every day a great day to be a Wildcat!

 


 

Why I Give

Becky Fleming ’92 shares some favorite UNH memories, from Student Senate to a football championship.

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#MUBLove Remains Strong

Annual donors have kept this ‘heart of the campus’ pumping for nearly 60 years.

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Leading The Way

Members of The Granite Society have big ideas in mind when they support UNH.

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    Why I choose to give

    "We came back to campus for our 25th reunion, and I was reminded of what a special place UNH is!"

    — Sue Membrino ’92

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    Why I choose to give

    "UNH provided me with the best 5 years of my life. It gave me the opportunity to compete in the sport that I love, with teammates and coaches that became family, all while getting an exceptional education that prepared me for the real world."

    — Courtney Connors ’13

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    Why I choose to give

    "UNH is a great institution and a showcase of why NH is a great place to live, raise kids, and provide them with a quality education to insure their future success. UNH has been a great contributor to making this earth a better place to live."

    — Rick Follender ’76

  • Thompson Hall bell tower on a clear summer day

    Why I choose to give

    "I am really proud of my time at UNH, but it was hard work and financially challenging. I really want to support students who need financial assistance to get the great education UNH provides."

    — Suzanne Roberge ’07

  • Students walking on campus in between classes

    Why I choose to give

    "My experience at UNH was transformative. I had inspiring professors who had a profound impact on my life. I want to make sure other students have the same experience I did."

    — Erin DeCurtis ’97

  • Aerial view of Thompson Hall in the summer

    Why I choose to give

    "Whatever I can do to help keep UNH as a leading institution I will do. If my small donation can help another NH resident continue her/his education than I am thrilled to be able to help!"

    — Jay DeWitt ’86

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    Why I choose to give

    "I give to celebrate research opportunities given to me at UNH that prepared me for entrance into a research career and subsequently a PhD program at MIT."

    — Robert Citorik ’08

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    Why I choose to give

    "I want to recognize and support the college that my daughter graduated from. Her education and the opportunities she had were transformative and set her on a professional path that allowed her to follow her passion and make a difference in our surrounding communities!"

    — Christine VanHorn ’98

  • Students walking on campus in between classes

    Why I choose to give

    "UNH provided me with a solid foundation, personally and educationally that has resulted in a rewarding and fulfilling life. I wish the same for my son and future generations."

    — Steven Zierer ’84

Why Scholarships Matter

All gifts impact students, but giving to a scholarship is especially meaningful. Listen as these students talk about what scholarships have made possible for them at UNH.

Average Financial Aid Award

top 5 areas supported:

Scholarships
Athletics
Northeast Passage
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics

Total Number of Areas Supported

In Their Own Words

The impact of donors' generosity can be seen throughout the university — from scholarships to facilities, programming to faculty, and everything in between. Read about a few of the programs and how donors support the opportunities they offer.

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    Equine Center

    "We believe in our program because we are educating the next generation of the equine industry, and we’re giving them the skills they need, not just to be successful but to make ethical decisions for the animals we work with and love."

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    Rowing

    "Donor support is everything to us—supports team travel and equipment maintenance and purchases,but the bigger impact is its effect on current team members, parents and friends of our program, who experience the support of generations of the UNH Rowing family."

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    Center for International Education & Global Engagement

    "We believe that internationalizing the UNH campus and creating meaningful global experiences for our students are more critical now than ever. Exposure to different cultures and perspectives is an essential component of a university education."

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    Athletics

    "The most important thing this program does on a daily basis is to allow UNH student-athletes to develop their talents through sport and provide opportunities for student-athletes to gain an education while also competing at a Division I university. Striving for and achieving that goal is how we measure our success."

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    ECenter

    "Our goal for the future is to raise the quality of outside entrepreneurial experts coming to help work with students, help the non-entrepreneurial thinking students start to understand how to create ideas, and increase options to help early funding of prototypes and momentum for great ideas."

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Where'd your money go?

Nearly every part of the UNH experience benefited this year from donor support, but we thought you'd like to know how. Here are a few examples:

Equipment


A new boat for the UNH Rowing team named after Peter A. Cathey, men’s head coach and longtime rowing director.

Expertise


Donors support a variety of lecture and speaker series. This year the Samuel C. Smith Lectureship in Molecular Medicine featured Michael Lim ’95, a brain surgeon with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Rare Finds


One-of-a-kind special collections such as the 1816 Carrigain Map, the first official map of the state of New Hampshire and the first to depict the White Mountains.

Student Research


Three Minute Thesis competition, where graduate students compete to effectively explain their complex research to a public audience in three minutes or less — a great way to hone their communication skills.

Real-World Experiences


Travel expenses to send the Model UN team to New York City for a competition and the Mock Trial team to a tournament they qualified for. Both teams excelled!

STEM Outreach


Sent STEMbassadors to regional STEMfest events in every corner of the state to encourage more than 7,000 N.H. students in grades K-12 to pursue the kinds of careers that power the state’s economy.

Reunion Giving

Your college reunion is about reconnecting with classmates and reveling in the nostalgia of your college years — and for many Wildcats, it’s also a time to give back to the alma mater they still call home.

Dick Knight talks about why he ‘upped the ante’ for his 50th reunion.

 

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Then: Class of 1957

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Now: Class of 1957

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Then: Class of 1962

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Now: Class of 1962

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Then: Class of 1967

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Now: Class of 1967

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Then: Class of 1977

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Now: Class of 1977

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Then: Class of 1992

     

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    Then and Now:

    Memories and Celebrations from Reunion Weekend 2017

    Now: Class of 1992

     

Giving Breakdown

We really mean it when we say small gifts add up — whether it’s ten bucks or $10,000, your generosity makes a difference.

Percentage of donors who gave less than $500

Total dollars received

Percentage of donors who gave less than $100

UNH Worldwide

In the last 12 months, gifts to UNH came from every corner of the globe, including all 50 states.