Giving Networks are a great way to team with friends, family, or fellow alumni to make a meaningful impact on the lives of Centenary students.
A Giving Network is composed of individuals who combine their gifts to fund a scholarship at a level of $2,500 or more annually for a current Centenary student. Giving Network members pledge to make automated payments of at least $100 per year for three years. Payments can be scheduled monthly, quarterly, or annually. If you would like to start your own network, contact Margo Shideler at email.
What is the Giving Network program?
The Giving Network program at Centenary is a new peer-to-peer fundraising program that asks leaders among alumni to engage their friends in creating designated annual student scholarships. A Giving Network is comprised of two or more donors who combine their gifts to fund an annual scholarship for a current Centenary student through automated payments totaling $2,500 or more.
Alumni sometimes feel that smaller annual gifts have little impact. This program is designed to illustrate the impact of smaller gifts when combined and to allow donors to interact with a student who is positively affected by their financial support.
Why should I consider joining a Giving Network?
- You will know which student is benefiting from your gift.
- You will have a chance to interact with the student receiving your scholarship.
- You will receive few, if any, solicitations from Centenary while you participate. No more phone calls!
- You can participate for as little as $8.34 a month.
- It gives you a reason to re-connect with college friends you may not have talked to in a while.
- Your participation helps increase the alumni participation rate at Centenary, which affects Centenary’s overall ranking—and ultimately the value of your own degree.
What is the impact of the Giving Network program?
- Each new scholarship provides financial assistance to a student with need.
- The program connects a Centenary student with a network of Centenary alumni and friends who can potentially provide career assistance.
- Young alumni donors in this program serve as models for student recipients—you don't have to wait until you can establish a named scholarship of your own to have an impact on students’ lives.
- The more new scholarships established by alumni and friends, the more competitive Centenary can be in packaging aid for the best and brightest students.
How is the Giving Network scholarship awarded?
Donors may suggest general criteria such as area of study to be used in selecting a recipient. All recipients must be active Centenary students receiving need and/or merit assistance. The scholarship will be named and awarded by the College’s financial aid department. The student receiving your scholarship will be notified by formal letter from the Director of Financial Aid.
What are Giving Network member commitments?
- The minimum commitment from an individual is $100 annually.
- Gifts can be made in automated installments (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually).
- The minimum commitment from a group is $2,500 annually.
- All pledges are for a three-year term. Establish your gift and you’re set for three years.