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1. What is your class year?
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 1,172

2. Did you graduate from Bennington?
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Yes
84.9%991
No
15.1%176

3. What was your area of study?
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 1,173

4. What is your gender?
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 1,167

5. What is your zip code/postal code?
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 1,184

6. Country if not USA
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7. In its communications, the College aims to provide content and opportunities to stay in touch that are of interest to alumni. Which of the following are you interested in? (please check all that apply)
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Institutional news, health of the College
70.7%798
Profiles of alumni, faculty, staff, and students
80.0%903
National news articles on the College, its faculty, and alumni
72.5%819
Class Notes
80.8%912
Updates from other alumni
72.4%817
Sharing my own news and work
43.3%489
Connecting directly with other alumni
49.0%553
Obituaries
57.5%649

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8. Where do you generally acquire information about Bennington?
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Bennington magazine56.1% (628)31.0% (347)12.9% (145)1,120
Bennington College website6.8% (76)47.3% (530)45.9% (514)1,120
Emails or letters from the College22.9% (257)59.0% (661)18.0% (202)1,120
Feeds from the College’s social media accounts (Facebook page, Twitter feed, LinkedIn group, Tumblr blog)6.3% (71)19.8% (222)73.8% (827)1,120
Feeds from social media accounts of other alumni12.6% (141)26.3% (294)61.2% (685)1,120
Word of mouth/ other alumni16.3% (182)47.1% (528)36.6% (410)1,120
Other (please specify)
 
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9. How often do you read Bennington materials…
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In print47.5% (530)43.8% (489)8.7% (97)1,116
Online17.5% (195)63.8% (712)18.7% (209)1,116
On a mobile device3.1% (35)13.0% (145)83.9% (936)1,116

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10. If you use social media, what platforms do you use?
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Facebook52.0% (557)23.1% (248)24.9% (267)1,072
Twitter10.7% (110)14.3% (147)75.0% (770)1,027
LinkedIn9.2% (96)35.3% (369)55.5% (580)1,045
Tumblr2.7% (27)8.3% (84)89.0% (902)1,013
Flickr3.2% (33)19.3% (196)77.5% (789)1,018
YouTube17.1% (181)54.4% (575)28.5% (301)1,057
Vimeo4.0% (41)19.4% (198)76.6% (782)1,021
Other4.3% (24)4.3% (24)91.4% (511)559

11. If you answered "Other" above, please list the platform(s) you use:
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12. Please tell us how you feel about the volume and frequency of the following types of communication.
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Campus news by mail6.8% (72)65.2% (690)12.6% (133)15.4% (163)1,058
Campus news by email5.9% (62)66.1% (695)16.2% (170)11.9% (125)1,052
Bennington magazine1.3% (14)67.7% (718)25.2% (267)5.8% (61)1,060
Invitations to alumni events by mail6.1% (64)51.1% (536)20.4% (214)22.4% (235)1,049
Invitations to alumni events by email2.7% (29)51.5% (543)27.2% (287)18.6% (196)1,055
Social media updates/discussions3.0% (31)26.8% (280)17.2% (180)53.1% (555)1,046
Requests for gifts by mail28.7% (303)51.0% (539)1.0% (11)19.3% (204)1,057
Requests for gifts by email24.3% (252)45.3% (471)2.1% (22)28.3% (294)1,039

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13. Do you currently receive mail from Bennington?
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Yes
90.7%988
No
9.3%101

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14. Do you currently receive email from Bennington?
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Yes
92.7%1,008
No
7.3%79

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15. Please describe your sense of connection to Bennington today:
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Very connected
10.7%115
Somewhat connected
66.9%720
Not connected
22.5%242
Please explain.
 
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16. How long has it been since you attended a Bennington regional event?
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Less than six months
7.7%83
Between six months and a year
6.1%66
Between one and three years
12.6%136
More than three years
24.6%265
I have never attended a Bennington regional event.
48.9%527

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17. When was the last time you were on campus?
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Within the last six months
10.3%110
Six months to a year ago
8.7%93
One to three years ago
16.7%179
More than three years ago
45.7%489
I have not been back to campus since I was a student.
18.6%199

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18. If you have been on campus since you were a student, what brought you back? (Please select all that apply.)
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I attended an event (for instance, Commencement or Reunion).
44.5%375
I was invited back to lecture or spend time with students.
10.1%85
I was passing through town.
44.9%378
I wanted to visit current students, faculty, or staff.
27.7%233
I stayed with family/ friends at the Davis Alumni House.
11.2%94
Other
18.8%158

19. If you answered "Other" above, please describe:
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20. How likely are you to attend the next all-alumni on-campus Reunion in 2013?
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Very likely
7.8%83
Somewhat likely
35.1%374
Not likely
57.2%610
Why?
 
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21. How does your use of social media (such as Facebook or Twitter) to connect with other alumni impact your likeliness to attend on-campus or regional Bennington events?
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More likely to attend
31.1%332
No difference
40.5%432
Less likely to attend
1.1%12
I do not use social media
27.3%291

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22. How likely would you be to attend each of the following city/ regional alumni events?
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A social event organized by alumni volunteers20.5% (216)42.1% (444)17.2% (181)13.1% (138)7.2% (76)1,055
A social event featuring updates from College leadership or trustees13.0% (137)28.6% (302)25.6% (270)19.4% (205)13.4% (141)1,055
An event featuring a presentation and discussion led by an alumna/us on relevant issues of the day17.7% (187)39.2% (414)22.4% (236)13.3% (140)7.4% (78)1,055
An event featuring a faculty member’s work and/or discussion led by faculty22.1% (233)44.5% (470)18.5% (195)9.1% (96)5.8% (61)1,055
A community service volunteer event9.9% (104)30.4% (321)29.5% (311)19.2% (203)11.0% (116)1,055
An event to meet current or prospective students (e.g., mentoring, admissions, etc.)14.0% (148)28.6% (302)25.2% (266)17.9% (189)14.2% (150)1,055
Hosting or placing students for Field Work Term9.3% (98)25.0% (264)27.6% (291)22.1% (233)16.0% (169)1,055

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23. How likely would you be to attend each of the following on-campus alumni events?
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Mini reunion of my friends, staying at the Davis Alumni House24.3% (256)28.2% (297)17.0% (179)18.6% (196)11.9% (125)1,053
All-class Reunion 20139.0% (95)31.7% (334)23.5% (247)21.1% (222)14.7% (155)1,053
Intensive weekend directed by faculty and/or alumni exploring a particular subject11.2% (118)30.9% (325)26.1% (275)18.3% (193)13.5% (142)1,053
Sharing my post-Bennington career experiences with current students16.2% (171)33.3% (351)23.4% (246)15.0% (158)12.1% (127)1,053

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24. Would like to learn about volunteering opportunities with Bennington?
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No
53.4%550
Yes/ Maybe
46.6%480

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25. In what ways would you like to be involved? (Please check all that apply.)
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Organize events in my city/ region
32.2%133
Help with the on-campus, all-classes Reunion in 2013
11.4%47
Organize an on-campus mini-Reunion with my friends
19.1%79
Encourage peers to make gifts to Bennington
9.7%40
Serve as a career mentor to current students or alumni
63.9%264
Help with Admissions
57.6%238

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26. Would you recommend Bennington to high school students?
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Yes
92.6%928
No
7.4%74

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27. Would you like to receive information abut Bennington for your child, other family member, or friend?
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Yes
15.4%141
No
84.6%774

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28. Please indicate how much you agree/ disagree with the following statements.
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Bennington needs donations from alumni, parents, and friends to carry out its mission.41.6% (434)46.8% (488)2.2% (23)1.1% (11)8.3% (87)1,043
I have a clear understanding of the College’s current fundraising needs.13.5% (141)41.4% (432)24.3% (253)8.1% (84)12.8% (133)1,043
I have a clear understanding of how my gifts to Bennington are used.12.8% (133)36.6% (382)21.5% (224)8.8% (92)20.3% (212)1,043
The fundraising materials I receive from Bennington give me insight into the life of the College today.14.4% (150)46.7% (487)16.0% (167)7.7% (80)15.2% (159)1,043

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29. How important are each of the following to you in making a decision to give to Bennington?
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Bennington’s impact on my life36.2% (370)33.6% (344)17.3% (177)6.1% (62)6.8% (70)1,023
Belief that it’s the right thing to do15.5% (159)31.4% (321)27.4% (280)14.8% (151)10.9% (112)1,023
Knowledge of how my gift is used15.9% (163)29.5% (302)32.0% (327)13.2% (135)9.4% (96)1,023
Knowledge of student and faculty work today12.0% (123)30.5% (312)36.1% (369)11.8% (121)9.6% (98)1,023
Recognition from the College2.6% (27)10.0% (102)23.7% (242)53.2% (544)10.6% (108)1,023
Encouragement from my friends1.2% (12)3.7% (38)15.2% (156)65.3% (668)14.6% (149)1,023
Impact of Bennington on the world12.8% (131)26.3% (269)34.3% (351)15.9% (163)10.7% (109)1,023
Helping College achieve higher alumni giving levels5.0% (51)15.8% (162)26.8% (274)36.9% (377)15.5% (159)1,023
Understanding of how The Bennington Fund helps the College7.8% (80)24.5% (251)35.2% (360)19.8% (203)12.6% (129)1,023
Quality of alumni community6.9% (71)19.6% (200)31.6% (323)28.3% (290)13.6% (139)1,023
Quality of alumni activities5.6% (57)14.6% (149)28.1% (287)37.2% (381)14.6% (149)1,023

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30. Which of the following statements best describes your giving to Bennington?
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I make gifts to Bennington every year.
23.2%235
I make gifts to Bennington occasionally.
13.2%133
I have made a gift(s) to Bennington in the past, and plan to give again in the future.
23.9%242
I have made a gift(s) to Bennington in the past, but do not plan to give again in the future.
5.7%58
I have not made a gift to Bennington, but plan to give in the future.
19.9%201
I have not made a gift to Bennington, and I do not plan to give in the future.
14.0%142

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31. Please tell us why you give to Bennington.
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32. What would make you more likely to give larger or more frequent gifts to Bennington?
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33. If you do not currently give to Bennington, please tell us why.
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34. What would make you more likely to consider a gift to Bennington?
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35. Bennington shares fundraising messages with alumni, parents, and friends in many ways, including those listed below. Please rank your preferences for each from 1 to 5, with 1 being the format you like the most.
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Letter37.1% (299)22.8% (184)21.1% (170)14.1% (114)4.8% (39)2.27806
E-mail41.0% (338)30.8% (254)14.7% (121)10.1% (83)3.4% (28)2.04824
Color brochure13.0% (105)17.4% (141)31.2% (253)30.0% (243)8.4% (68)3.03810
Phone call6.4% (55)3.9% (34)7.4% (64)9.9% (85)72.4% (623)4.38861
Website14.0% (124)21.2% (187)22.2% (196)28.5% (252)14.0% (124)3.07883

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36. Bennington relies on private philanthropy, primarily from alumni, to create a rich academic environment for today's students and faculty. Which of the following would make you more likely to support the College financially? (Please check all that apply)
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Being able to direct my gift to a specific program or initiative
67.0%539
Visiting campus and seeing what the College is like today
34.4%277
Reading profiles of current students
34.2%275
Talking with a current student about his or her Bennington experience today
21.9%176
Receiving a request for support from another alumnus/a
10.8%87
Receiving a request or update from President Coleman
12.5%101
Being asked for a gift personally from a friend or fellow alumnus/a
13.2%106
Talking one-on-one with someone from the College
17.3%139

Page: Please provide some biographical information to help us update our records.
37. What is your name?
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38. Where did you live on campus?
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 903

39. Were you a House Chair or did you participate in other student activities (please specify)?
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40. Which of the following statements describe how you paid for your Bennington education? (Please check all that apply.)
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I received a financial aid package, which included at least one scholarship.
41.6%411
I received a financial aid package, which included at least one loan.
38.1%376
I did not receive any financial aid.
41.5%410

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41. How would you describe the value of your Bennington education?
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42. What is your current mailing address?
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 810

43. What is your preferred e-mail address?
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 825

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44. Any last thoughts you would like to share?
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