Harding is dedicated to preparing itself for the next century so that every student - every future generation - will receive the blessing of a solid, Christian college experience. With your help, the dream can become a reality.
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A primary objective of the Enhancing The Mission Campaign is to increase Harding's scholarship and endowment funds and to complete priority capital renovation and new construction projects as outlined in the case statement. Listed below are numerous general endowment opportunities available. These and many other funds may be named for your family, business or corporation. They may also be named in your honor as the donor or in honor or memory of a loved one. Such arrangements are completed through formal agreement between you and the University Advancement Office.
Gifts to Establish Faculty Endowment Funds
Gifts to Establish Student Endowment Funds
The Century Club is designed to show a lasting appreciation for a special group of dedicated friends.
Becoming a donor assures that you will receive University publications, be listed in the annual report, and be recognized within the gift level for which you qualify. You may want to consider Harding's Century Club giving levels:
(bronze) $100 - $249
(silver) $250 - $499
(burgundy) $500 - $999
(black and gold) $1,000 - or more
Tuition income, the major revenue component, drives the budget of Harding University. However, nearly $20 million of scholarships and grants in aid offered every year makes up a major cost in the annual budget; these awards include academic, athletic, performance, need-based and other forms of scholarship aid. Because most of this amount comes in the form of tuition waivers or discounts, the University's annual deficit of nearly $3 million actually occurs because of revenue lost to scholarship funding.
These scholarships and grants in aid must be replaced by gifts. Admittedly, we could raise our tuition and pass along these costs to our students and their families. This is what many institutions of higher learning do; tuition is raised and then a 'discount' is offered to those eligible. We, however, deeply believe this is not the proper course of action. We are doing our best to be sure a Harding education is affordable for people of all socioeconomic levels.
Therefore, we rely on the generosity and philanthropic spirit of friends and alumni - in short, people like you.
Every gift, large or small, is important. Each year the Office of University Advancement processes nearly 20,000 gifts from almost 7,000 donors. About 80 percent of these people give less than $250 annually; but those gifts combine with gifts of greater size to create a revenue to meet the budget demands of the University and allow us to continue offering scholarships to students who have a dream of coming to Harding - and a financial need for our help to make their dream reality.
Your gifts to the Scholarship Fund are vital and an investment of an eternal nature. Please plan to participate at whatever level you can by calling the Advancement Office at 800-477-4312.
While many of our donors are familiar with their company's matching gift programs, many others are not. There are two ways we have come up with to help our alumni and donors to discover if this is a possibility: (1) add information directly to our web site or (2) through a service which will link directly with our site. The second service is a fee service, so we want to try the first method first and the information listed is for possible future use only.
Matching Gift Programs
Employers set up matching gift programs as a way to make charitable contributions to organizations that are important to its employees. Harding University receives more than $300,000 annually in donor-initiated matching gifts from corporations and foundations. These employer matching gift programs can double or sometimes triple your contribution to Harding.
Simple Steps to Secure a Corporate Match
Does your spouse work for a company with a matching gift program, too? If so, your efforts to obtain a second corporate match will be greatly appreciated.