Briefly: Despite last-minute surge, Divinity School fundraising slips

After a slow spring, donations to Yale Divinity School’s Annual Fund surged at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, though fundraising still declined overall, school officials said. Administrators attributed the increase to the school’s “25 for 25 Challenge,” which called for 2,500 donors to donate to the school. Although the school fell short by 200 donors, a group of Divinity School alumni kept its pledge to donate an additional $25,000 to the school. Donations to the Annual Fund directly bolster the school’s financial aid budget, which is expected to rise to $5.1 million this term. The Divinity School raised about $380,000 during its 2009 round of fundraising, down about 8 percent compared to 2008, when the school raised about $412,000.

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