Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Centenary Fund necessary?
With over 90% of all Centenary students receiving some level of funding assistance, tuition and auxiliary income are simply not enough to cover all annual expenses of the College. The Centenary Fund supports student programs and services, annual scholarships, faculty and academic enrichment, campus improvements, and other programs that make the difference between the maintenance of a great college and the evolution of an extraordinary one.
Who supports the Centenary Fund?
Each year, more than 1,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College contribute more than $4 million to the Centenary Fund, making the transformational experience of a Centenary education possible for current and future Ladies and Gents.
How is the Centenary Fund run?
The Centenary Fund is an initiative of the Philanthropy Department at Centenary College. The Philanthropy Department coordinates the internal operations of the effort by organizing mailings, personal solicitations, phonathons, emails, and social media communications.
The Centenary Fund is run on a fiscal year basis. Solicitations for gifts begin in July and all gifts recorded before June 30, 2015 will be credited during the fund year. Opportunities to give are made through the mail, phonathons, online giving, and/or personal solicitations.
What are the goals of this year’s Centenary Fund?
Increasing overall participation by Centenary’s stakeholders in advancing the mission of the College is the primary goal. Support by alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends are an important factor considered by corporations and foundations that award grants and by organizations that review Centenary and its programs.
All gifts are welcome and appreciated as an important indicator of support for the mission of Centenary College. Any gift can make a difference, no matter what amount, to help fulfill the promise at Centenary.
Why are volunteers important to the Centenary Fund?
The life –blood of any College remains with the level of volunteerism an institution can achieve to assist in helping with school programs. Our Centenary Fund effort is no different. Volunteers serve as leaders for the different components of the Centenary Fund and serve with various responsibilities.
Volunteers are extremely important because they are able to contact the College’s different constituencies on a peer-to-peer basis. People are most likely to make a gift if approached by someone who has shared the same experience and with whom they feel kinship. Whether helping to solicit a gift or offering a name to the effort, volunteers are a visible sign of shared responsibility and interest.
Opportunities for those who would like to assist College staff in securing gifts for the Centenary Fund currently exist through our Giving Network program. If you would like to help volunteer to support and promote an existing Giving Network or create and advocate for a new Giving Network, e-mail Margo Shideler (email) or Jena McKinzie (email) for more information.
Why is overall participation so important to the Centenary Fund?
Increasing overall participation by Centenary’s key constituencies in advancing the mission of the College is a primary goal of the Centenary Fund. Besides being an important factor considered by corporations and foundations that award grants and by organizations that rank Centenary and its programs, gifts to the College also signal satisfaction and support for Centenary and its future as a premier liberal arts college.