Alumni Giving Council 

As alumni, you share common memories of St. John’s, regardless of when you went to the college. Philanthropy makes it possible for future generations of students to also share these memories.

When you support the college financially, you have an impact in the classroom and all other areas of campus. Alumni gifts support financial aid, student services, and a strengthened academic program. In the end, the effects of philanthropy are broad and vital. They include the cultivation of intellectual and moral virtues in our students—courage in inquiry, open attentiveness to the words of their colleagues, candor about their ignorance, and industry in preparation. Our students have nourished a capacity to wonder and ask questions that help themselves and others find their way in the world, and they are guided by a love of wisdom. This is made possible largely by the generosity of alumni who came before them.

The Alumni Giving Council (AGC) primarily raises money for The Fund for St. John’s to meet the financial aid demand; 70 percent of our students receive financial aid, and the need for tuition support is rising. We encourage all alumni to consider joining the AGC. The volunteer
position is excellent exposure to and training in philanthropy and non-profit work for younger alumni who are looking for experience in this area or to round out their résumés.

Members of the Alumni Giving Council engage in a variety of fundraising and communications activities, including:

> Keeping reunion classes connected with the college by informing them of current needs at St. John’s and helping them to collectively support the college at a financial level that is personally significant to them.

> Peer-to-peer fundraising and training of fellow alumni who are interested in doing the same.

> Recruitment of new members to the AGC.

> Serving as Alumni Association Board liaisons and helping to educate liaisons from other working groups about the need for philanthropy. 

> Promoting the importance of alumni giving by understanding the purpose of The Fund for St. John’s and making a gift each fiscal year.

> Thanking classmates for their financial support of St. John’s through handwritten notes, personal emails, Facebook messages, or phone calls. 

> Working with staff to identify classmates as reunion volunteers, major gift prospects, or other leadership roles at St. John’s.

> Working with staff to develop data strategies to enhance giving.

The college’s Annual Giving offices team up with the AGC in several ways:

> Provide classmates’ contact information and giving history where appropriate.

> Provide updates and advanced notice of college events and news.

> Assist with special projects like unique reunion giving plans.

> Assist in the printing and mailing (and writing, if requested) of solicitation letters written by Reunion Leaders.

Participation in the AGC need not be all that time consuming. It truly is meant to be a simple, flexible working group. Training takes place via four conference calls in a fiscal year that predate the major solicitations, and one in-person training session at next year’s ALF.

The term of service is for one year, renewable at the next ALF.

If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Giving Council, please contact Matt Calise at

To make a gift to The Fund for St. John's please click here.

Contact Information

Margaret Mertz
Director of Development
St. John’s College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Leo Pickens
Director of Alumni Relations
St. John’s College
P.O. Box 2800
Annapolis, MD 21404

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