Colonels Challenge presents golden opportunity to give
December 13, 2012 By Laura Coleman Pritchard
giving recognition society for individuals who give $100
or more to Centre annually—an anonymous alum will donate
$500,000 if 500 new members join the Colonels Club or become
Centre Associates by the end of the fiscal year.
The Colonels Club—Centre College’s original annual giving recognition society for individuals who give $100 or more—celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And to honor this golden anniversary, an anonymous alumnus has issued a challenge.
“If we can secure 500 new Colonels Club members or Centre Associates [donors who give $1,000 or more] by the close of the fiscal year on June 30, 2013, the College will receive a gift of $500,000,” says Jacky Thomas Seaver ’02, director of annual giving.
The Colonels Club began in 1962 when 182 individuals joined together to lay the foundation of support that has allowed for Centre’s growth over the past half century. Today, the Club counts almost 3,200 members among its ranks, and the generous gifts from Centre donors have provided for campus improvements and faculty additions, along with assistance for students, making it possible for anyone who is academically eligible to attend the College regardless of their financial means.
More than 60 percent of Centre students receive need-based financial assistance each year, Seaver says, and this makes individual giving more important than ever.
“When the Colonels Challenge is successful, the College will benefit by receiving an additional half-million dollars to continue the work of transforming the lives of young people,” says Seaver. “Its success will also demonstrate to the entire Centre community—and the community at large—that our alumni, parents and friends believe wholeheartedly in our mission and are willing to go the extra mile to support it.”
And, indeed, the Centre community supports the College. For the third consecutive year, more than 50 percent of alumni, parents and members of the graduating class made gifts to the College, and membership in the Centre Associates exceeded 1,100 for the first time in College history.
That support, Seaver says, helps provide the type of experiences members of the Centre family have come to expect.
“Without the assistance of our alumni, parents and friends, the College could not offer the same opportunities, programs and experiences from which our students benefit year after year,” she says.
To help the College meet the Colonels Challenge, visit centre.edu/giving. Gifts can be made online, by mail, by phone or by Electronic Funds Transfer—which spreads your support over the course of a year.
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