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Webb Annual Reports
True to the spirit of William H. Webb, this document is a testament to the generosity of the Webb family—alumni, parents, friends, and trustees alike. The stories contained within are a reminder of our common goal: to maintain the highest levels of academic excellence and to ensure the inter-generational sustainability of the Institute. Webb students, present and future, are counting on us!
I am particularly grateful for your steadfast support in spite of the ongoing pandemic. Exceeding the $2 million giving mark for only the 4th time in Webb’s history through the Alumni Fund is a tremendous accomplishment, as are the 70% giving participation rates among alumni and parent families. This document also details a number of special gifts to Webb, including one to name Webb’s waterfront path as “Bill Blanton Way,” (see page 7). It is truly an exciting time to be a member of the Webb family.
Your passion and commitment to the Institute has made my service as Webb’s President a particularly gratifying one. Although there is more to be done, it is time to pause for a moment and reflect on our successes to date.
R. Keith Michel ’73
President, Webb Institute
What is Webb Giving Day?
For the past seven years, during the month of May, Webb pauses to reflect and thank members of the Webb family for their love and support of the school and its students. Webb Giving Day is a celebration of our benefactors who emulate the giving spirit of our founder, William H. Webb. This special day provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge and thank the community for their past, present, and future financial support of Webb’s Annual Fund.
We invite alumni, trustees, parents, parents of alumni, current and past grandparents, and friends to join us. The 7th Annual Webb Giving Day is highlighted by a short video on Friday, May 15.
Members of the Webb family contributed a record-breaking $51.6 million in gifts and pledges during the Campaign for Webb. The success of this effort was made possible by the generosity of the Webb alumni, 83% of whom contributed; the leadership of the seven Keystone and Cornerstone donors who contributed $5 million and $2.5 million or more, respectively; and, nearly 1,800 donors, including parents and friends of Webb. Thank you for your support!
Solid Performance in the Midst of Change and Uncertainty!
At first glance, the 2019-20 Webb Alumni Fund (WAF) total raised of $2,027,089 might seem underwhelming with the backdrop of the successive record-breaking WAF years. But when you consider just how different this giving year was from most, reaching the $2 million plateau was a difficult task, one that could only be accomplished through your generous gifts during these uncertain times. When we planned for this WAF year, we knew all too well that you have been asked to stretch your giving capacity during the six-year Campaign for Webb effort. Then unexpectedly, in the last quarter of the giving year, COVID-19 disrupted our lives.
Most Webb students learned remotely during the spring semester. Many alumni experienced professional hardships. Our Spring Phon-a-thon was replaced by Webb Cares—phone outreach conducted by Webb students to ensure everyone’s well-being—a great display of the Webb family values. In spite of all of the challenges, alumni, led by class agents, persevered and contributed over $2 million of much-needed support for Webb. This is only the fourth time in Webb’s history that the WAF has surpassed $2 million, and for added context, the WAF secured $1.3 million in the first year before the Campaign for Webb (2013-14). In short, I am proud of what my fellow alumni have accomplished, but I would not be doing my job unless I shared with you that I think we can do even better next year! THANK YOU to all who continue to make the WAF a pillar of Webb’s financial support.
Why Give to the Webb Parent Annual Fund?
- Your child is the direct beneficiary of your support!
- Your support enhances the quality and depth of the education that your child receives and helps enrich Webb’s social experience.
- Webb is the only private engineering college in the United States providing every student with a full-tuition scholarship.
- The cost to educate each Webbie is approximately $80,000 per year.
- The commitment you make will have a direct impact on Webb’s present and future well-being. Through the generosity of parents, alumni, and friends, the Annual Fund now provides for an incredible 35% of Webb’s operating costs!
- Parents’ strong commitment encourages alumni, corporations, and foundations to invest in Webb. 70% of parents gave back to Webb in 2016-17!
Webb Institute is fortunate to have alumni and friends whose dedication to the institution has inspired them to leave a lasting legacy. There are members of the Heritage Society as young as members of the Class of 2018—so you see, it is never too early to consider Webb in your future plans.
The Heritage Society is made up of members who have made planned gifts of all types and sizes, and getting started can be as simple as making Webb a full or partial beneficiary of your 401(k), IRA or life insurance policy; or a bequest naming Webb in your will or living trust.
As Webb’s Planned Giving Chairman, my primary goal is to expand membership in the Heritage Society. Planned giving has made a remarkable impact on Webb’s present and future as over $20 million of estate pledges and realized commitments have been secured during the Campaign for Webb. Please join me today and become the newest member of the Heritage Society.
Your membership involves no dues, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others. Finally, your membership ensures a special invitation to the Heritage Society reception and dinner held annually at the President’s House during Homecoming Week.
Learn more about planned giving and the various ways to support Webb.
For more information, contact Anthony R. Zic, Webb’s Director of Development at 516-759-2040 or email email@example.com
The Webb Every Year Program (WebbEY) was established during the 2006-2007 Annual Fund Campaign. Initially, this program was created to acknowledge alumni donors for their consecutive years of giving. Eventually, it was extended to include other members within our community and now recognizes family and friends. The WebbEY program was created strictly to recognize our donors’ consistency of support, regardless of gift amount. In order to attain the status of becoming a WebbEY, a donor has to contribute to the Annual Fund for a minimum of five consecutive years. Consecutive giving allows Webb to plan for a future with assurance and to continue to be recognized as the premier college of naval architecture and marine engineering. We wish to thank the following contributors for their loyalty and generosity and for attaining the distinct honor of achieving WebbEY status.
Members of the Webb family can serve as excellent resources enhancing Webb’s educational experience. We are looking for alumni, friends, and industry experts to share their time and experience with our students.
There are a number of ways you can help:
- Host and mentor students at your company in support of Webb’s Winter Work program.
- Sign up to be a speaker in our weekly lecture series or serve as a guest lecturer in one of our courses.
- Sign up to be a mentor and evaluator for student design projects.
- Sign up to support and mentor senior thesis projects.
- Host a student visit, class field trip, or tour of your company.
In addition, you can help develop and improve Webb’s curriculum by:
- Participating in Webb’s Industry Advisor Group which works with the Dean to monitor the relevance and performance of Webb’s academic program.
- Introducing industry experts and decision makers to Webb.
For more information on how you can help, please contact Dean Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Development Team is available to help and answer your questions.
Ms. Gailmarie Sujecki
Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Alumni Relations
Main: 516-671-2213 EXT. 1100