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Alumni Year in Review: 2011 By The Numbers

As we look ahead to 2012, we took a few minutes to reflect on the year that passed and compile some data from 2011, a year filled with a variety of programs and outreach from the Office of Alumni Affairs. Below is a snapshot of whom we reached and an overview of our successes; all the following information is as of December 20, 2011.

2,000 – Around 2,000 undergraduate e-mail addresses were added since January 2011, allowing us to reach an increasingly wider audience with news of events, programs, and fundraising opportunities. Much thanks to the more than 1,500 people who have participated in the YU AlumniFinder campaign that contributed to the new connections!

400 – At the start of 2011, the Facebook page for YU alumni ( had just over 100 “likes” and is now nearing 400, an incredible 300% increase. The LinkedIn group for YU Alumni ( went from just over 1,500 to close to 2,000, almost a 33% increase.

$221 – The average online gift is $221, compared to $125 at peer institutions.

$7,000 – The first organized senior class gift of the graduating class of 2011 raised nearly $7,000 from 350 graduating students.

$60,000 – The Stern Fashion Show went from raising $10,000 in its inaugural event in 2009 to over $60,000 at October’s third annual event.

$90,000 - Reunion committees helped increase reunion class giving from $30,000 in 2009 to $90,000 this past May.

100+ – The Ambassador Network has over 100 volunteers, increasing the exchange of ideas and collaboration with YU offices such as Admissions and the Career Development Center.

300 – Almost 300 people were in attendance at the Macs basketball game vs. St. Joseph’s College on December 18, with 44 captains and 10 former players present, which leads us to….

40 –The number of years Johnny Halpert has been coaching the YU men’s basketball team! On April 29, YU will honor Coach Halpert by naming the basketball court in his honor. Save the date for the special festivities and more details to come.

600 – More than 600 people came to celebrate Homecoming in September. And another 600 spent Shavuos with YU and RIETS scholars for a yom tov Yarchei Kallah at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, NY.

$710,000 – Dollars raised by the Office of Annual Giving more than doubled from $350,000 to $710,000 through increased outreach (mailings, phone-a-thons, and online presence) to alumni.

8 – AlumniToday grew to an eight-page spread inside the quarterly YUToday publication sharing alumni profiles, alumni and University news, and Class Notes from thousands of YU graduates and friends.

Finally, our professional networking groups – the Wall Street Group, Real Estate Group, and Accounting and Financial Planning (AFP) Network – held such innovative events as “After the Financial Crisis: New Strategies for Investing and Managing Risk” with Ace Greenberg, “Changing World—What’s Next for Real Estate” with Michael Stoller, and “Halacha and Charitable Giving” featuring Rav Schachter. These events sold out in record time with hundreds of guests in attendance.

These are just some of our impressive statistics from 2011, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our alumni ambassadors, class captains, council members, volunteers, friends, and loyal eNewsletter readers. With your continued involvement and feedback, we expect to surpass these numbers in 2012.