Faces of Philanthropy provide the full Centre Experience

Posted by Centre News in Alumni, News 29 Jan 2014

Tom Martin ’50 and Barbara Doerr Martin ’50 are both committed to giving back to their alma mater. 'We are grateful for the small college, liberal arts background we got at Centre,' Tom Martin says. 'We feel that this experience gave us many gifts and enabled us to evaluate events and personalities in a more thoughtful and objective way. To me, this is the essence of a liberal arts education and a worthwhile endeavor.'

Tom Martin ’50 and Barbara Doerr Martin ’50 are both committed to giving back to their alma mater. 'We are grateful for the small college, liberal arts background we got at Centre,' Tom Martin says. 'We feel that this experience gave us many gifts and enabled us to evaluate events and personalities in a more thoughtful and objective way. To me, this is the essence of a liberal arts education and a worthwhile endeavor.'

'I give back because Centre College is a place that isn't done. There are books to be read, meals in Cowan to be eaten, and lives yet to be changed,' says Sara Muren ’12. 'By participating in alumni giving, I can be certain that the next generation of students will be able to have the full Centre Experience — the opportunity to transform and be transformed by this place.'

'I give back because Centre College is a place that isn't done. There are books to be read, meals in Cowan to be eaten, and lives yet to be changed,' says Sara Muren ’12. 'By participating in alumni giving, I can be certain that the next generation of students will be able to have the full Centre Experience — the opportunity to transform and be transformed by this place.'

It takes an entire community of people to provide the “Centre Experience” — the full range of events, activities and everyday occurrences that help transform the lives of students at the College. Those people, however, are not limited to the campus community.

Financially speaking, it’s the combination of faculty and staff, alumni, parents and friends of the College who ensure that the Centre Experience is complete. In fact, this cast of characters, along with Centre students — who all benefit from their generosity — inspired this year’s annual fund campaign theme: the Faces of Philanthropy.

“Without the generosity of our alumni, parents, and friends, the Centre Experience would look nothing like it does now. Tuition only covers 75 percent of the Centre Experience, and gifts to the College make so much of what it is to attend Centre possible,” says Krista Rinehart, assistant director of annual giving. ”Everyday gifts support scholarships, campus improvements and more. Gifts to the College allow us to endow professorships so we can attract the amazing faculty we have. Leading the nation in giving back to Centre is crucial to our ability to continue leading the nation academically.”

Last year, gifts to the Centre Fund — the College’s unrestricted annual fund — exceeded $2 million for the first time in College history. Forty-nine percent of parents of current students and 49 percent of alumni participated by making gifts to the annual fund.

“The Faces of Philanthropy campaign grew out of a desire to show that it takes gifts from a variety of people and gifts of all sizes to make Centre the amazing place that it is,” Rinehart says. “Every Centre student is touched by Centre Fund giving, either through direct scholarships or through other benefits annual gifts make possible.”

And, Rinehart says, there are many reasons why donors give back.

“For some people, it is literally a way to give back to make it possible for others — who couldn’t have attended Centre otherwise — to attend. For others, giving back is an investment to ensure the College’s continued success,” Rinehart says. “Whatever their reasons, our donors were touched deeply by the Centre Experience, and they give back so that others can have their own experiences.”

For those donors whose interests in the College are more narrowly defined, there are nearly endless possibilities, Rinehart says.

“While an unrestricted gift to the Centre Fund gives the College flexible resources to match the changing needs of our campus community, restricted gifts are also important,” Rinehart says. “Gifts to athletics and contributions to named scholarship funds are just two examples of restricted gifts that make a difference in the life of the College. Making a designated gift to the sport, organization or department that made the most profound impact on your Centre Experience is a wonderful way to channel your dollars toward your top Centre priority.”

The Faces of Philanthropy annual fund campaign ends on June 30, 2014. To join the team of Centre supporters or to find out more, visit gifts.centre.edu, or call 1.877.678.9822.

By Laura Coleman Pritchard