You may have seen the teaser video — scenes with students missing things on campus, from microscopes to papers to athletics equipment. Even President Roush’s tie was suspiciously incomplete. Then the video ends abruptly, asking viewers to Save the Date.
That date — 3.18.14 — has arrived. Today, during Centre’s Fund the Flame Challenge, the College is asking students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends to make gifts. As part of the Challenge, if Centre receives 500 gifts by 11:59 p.m. tonight, two anonymous trustees will give the College $100,000.
“Fund the Flame is an opportunity for the Centre community to make an investment in the College — and increase the impact of their gifts,” says Jacky Thomas Seaver ’02, director of annual giving. “Responding to this Challenge and helping us receive 500 gifts in a 24-hour time period means a gift of any size ultimately helps the College receive a six-figure gift. In total, this support helps complete the Centre Experience for our students.”
And repeat gifts count, says Seaver, so if you’ve already given this year, you can make an additional gift to help meet the Challenge.
The selection of March 18 as the day for the Fund the Flame Challenge was symbolic and intentional. Twenty-five percent of the Centre Experience is provided by private gifts, and March 18 marks the first day of the last quarter of the academic year.
“Private giving, including gifts to the annual fund, major gifts, and income from our endowment, provides many of the things that benefit our students and our campus every day,” says Seaver. “Capital improvements, including new athletic facilities, residence halls, outdoor classrooms and building renovations, for example, are funded entirely through private gifts. Support for faculty, such as funding for research and endowed professorships, is funded through private gifts. Scholarships and aid for our students are also funded by the generosity of Centre’s alumni, parents, and friends.”
To educate the Centre community about the impact of these gifts, says Seaver, today the campus looks a bit different.
“Philanthropy touches all of Centre’s campus. Today, our campus is covered with gift tags and bows, marking many of the things that are here because of private gifts,” Seaver says. “This includes boutonnieres on faculty members and students who have endowed professorships and endowed scholarships, respectively, and bows on campus buildings, trees, and athletics facilities. Many of these things and people would not be here without this generosity. We invite our alumni, parents, and friends to demonstrate this generosity today.”
To Fund the Flame, visit gifts.centre.edu, call 1.877.678.9822, or give by mail by sending a check to 600 W. Walnut Street, Danville, Kentucky 40422. Follow the progress of today’s giving challenge on Centre’s Alumni Facebook page and Twitter account.
Watch The Colonel (David DeWitt ’83) complete the Centre Experience for our students. Then join David and other Colonels we Fund the Flame by visiting gifts.centre.edu, calling 1.877.678.9822, or sending a check to 600 W. Walnut Street, Danville, Kentucky 40422.