College Columns June 2021 - Page 5

# of Firms Amount
2020
2021
2020
2021
Sustaining Patrons ($ 5000 )
32
36
$ 160,000
$ 180,000
Patrons ($ 2,500 )
43
44
107,500
110,000
Sponsors ($ 1,500 )
54
57
79,500
85,500
Supporters ($ 750 )
7
9
5,250
6,750
136
146
$ 352,250
$ 382,250
diligent follow-up work of our Patrons & Sponsors Committee : Jim Baillie , Charlie Beckham , Mark Bloom , Joan Feeney , Karen Giannelli , Annette Jarvis , Stephen Lerner , Marc Levinson , Taft McKinstry , Rick Mikels , Claudia Springer , Grant Stein , and David Stratton . As the individual tasked with leading this effort , I express my sincere thanks to each of them and to Jenny Cudahy , who kept us all organized and on task .
The list of Patrons & Sponsors can be found beginning at page 34 , or on the College website under the “ About ” menu item . We know that 2020 was a difficult year in many ways , and that firms re-examined their spending and sponsorship priorities closely . In that context , we are especially appreciative that the College ’ s important work remained a priority for our Fellows .
Shifting gears and hearkening back to my column in the December 2020 issue of College Columns , I was thrilled to announce at our March 19 , 2021 virtual All-Fellows Meeting the formation of the College ’ s Select Commission on Diversity , Equity and Inclusion ( the “ DEI Commission ”). The
mission statement of the DEI Commission is as follows :
To develop a comprehensive plan that instills mindfulness regarding all aspects of diversity , equity and inclusion , and actively promotes those values through the resources and endeavors of the College and Foundation .
Our objective was to appoint selected Fellows of diverse backgrounds to conduct a thorough examination over the next year of where we stand and what we should be doing , and concurrently to begin implementing their recommendations . We are fortunate that Hon . Jeffery Hopkins and Hon . Laurel Isicoff have agreed to cochair this distinguished group of Fellows and express our gratitude to each of them for volunteering their time and efforts for this important undertaking : Omar Alaniz , Michael St . Patrick Baxter , Jack Butler , Kelley Cornish , Prof . Mechelle Dickerson , Richardo Kilpatrick , Connie Lahn , Gil Miller , Nina Parker , Sandeep Qusba , Nancy Rapoport , Hon . Erithe Smith , George Snyder and Bettina Whyte . continued on page 31
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