The Harding Fund
From its earliest existence in 1924 as the fledgling merger of Harper College and Arkansas Christian College to its present status as one of the country’s premier Christian universities, Harding’s history is built on a foundation of sacrificial giving and tireless service.
It’s with those ideals in mind that we proudly introduce The Harding Fund, the University’s new brand for its unrestricted gifts campaign. The Harding Fund’s simple message focuses on the tenets of sacrifice, service and partnership as we solicit alumni and friends to invest in this important work.
The Harding Fund’s logo features the University’s iconic swing, which has been a fixture on the Searcy campus since Harding’s move from Morrilton, Arkansas in 1934. Any former student or campus visitor has fond memories of sitting on one of the swings. It evokes emotions of family and community in all of us who love Harding.
Partner with us as we continue the mission of faith, learning and living.
Why Support The Harding Fund?
Your generous donations to The Harding Fund make a significant impact in the transformation of Harding students by enabling their college experience in a faith-based environment. Gifts from donors reduce the cost of attendance by one-third and make it possible for many students who otherwise could not afford their Harding education to be here. These young men and women leave campus prepared to serve God, their families and neighbors through their faith and work.
Every single gift, whether $20 or $2,000 or more, also counts toward alumni participation rates, showing the world that alumni value the education they received at Harding and want to share the Harding experience.
Your annual gift to The Harding Fund:
- Enhances Our Reputation – National publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, consider alumni participation rates when compiling national rankings of all universities.
- Signifies Quality – When foundations and corporations award grants, alumni participation is one indicator of the quality of the institution.
- Generates Camaraderie – Each gift to The Harding Fund strengthens the ties of the Harding family as we unite to provide for the next generation.
- Enriches the Harding Experience – Every gift, regardless of size, combines to make an immeasurable impact on the academic distinction and opportunity at Harding.
Your gift makes a difference in the future of Harding University. Join us as we take alumni participation to the next level.
“As you become men and women of affairs, do not forget the world’s need of Christian schools and the debt that you yourself owe to them. Wherever your lot is cast, give your unstinted support to their maintenance. Remember, the Lord is counting on you.”
– J.N. Armstrong
Harding’s First President
Letter to Students, 1925 Petit Jean
Ways to Give
To make an online gift to The Harding Fund, use our secure online gift form.
Harding accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.
To make a gift to The Harding Fund by telephone, call 1-800-477-4312 x2.
To mail your gift, print our giving form (pdf) to include with your check, credit card payment or money order.
Mail your gift to:
University Advancement Office
Searcy, AR 72149-0001
Electronic Bank Draft
To set up an electronic bank draft for The Harding Fund, call 1-800-477-4312 x2 or email the University Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stocks and Securities
To request information on transferring gifts of stocks and securities to The Harding Fund, call 1-800-477-4312 x4 or email the University Advancement Office at email@example.com.
Young Alumni Giving
If you're a Harding graduate of the last decade (2003-2012), then you're considered one of our young alumni—a group that numbers more than 10,000 worldwide. Young alumni play an important role in Harding’s continued growth and success.
No matter the size of your gift, your participation is what matters most. It’s a vote of confidence in Harding and demonstrates your commitment to its future. It's generosity that goes to work immediately, helping provide deserving students with the same opportunities you had. And, it’s an investment in your own degree, which will grow in value as more alumni and friends give to Harding.
Parents & Family Giving
Welcome Parents & Families!
Harding is renowned for the enthusiasm and devotion of its students and alumni. Anyone who has ever eavesdropped on move-in day, strolled on the front lawn over Parents and Family Weekend, or watched the audience swell with pride during commencement knows how Harding benefits from an equally enthusiastic parent and family community.
We are fortunate that many parents show their appreciation for Harding by donating to The Harding Fund.
Help the university your student loves by making a gift to The Harding Fund today!
Also, take advantage of resources made available for Harding parents and family members of current and incoming students by checking our Parents page.
To learn how you, as a parent or family member, can support The Harding Fund, contact Steve Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Harding Fund?
The Harding Fund consists of unrestricted gifts from alumni, parents and friends. Virtually all donations to The Harding Fund go toward supporting need-based scholarships. Each year Harding seeks contributions to The Harding Fund for our fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30.
What is the difference between The Harding Fund and what you've previously called the Annual Fund or the Harding Scholarship Fund?
The Harding Fund is the new brand for the Annual Fund or the Harding Scholarship Fund, both of which were names given to Harding's annual unrestricted gifts program. By rebranding the program, we hope to remove any ambiguity around the name and more clearly communicate what the funds are used for.
Where exactly do The Harding Fund dollars go?
Virtually every dollar donated to The Harding Fund goes toward need-based scholarships. Harding distributes more than $26 million annually in scholarships. Through unrestricted gifts, restricted gifts that are designated for scholarships and endowment scholarships, alumni and friends’ donations help reduce the cost of attendance by one-third and make it possible for many students who otherwise could not afford their Harding education to be here.
What gifts count toward The Harding Fund?
Unrestricted gifts to the University count toward The Harding Fund. Please note that gifts made to specific funds or purposes, such as the Jimmy Carr Scholarship Fund or endowed scholarships, are not counted toward The Harding Fund. Therefore, donors to these projects are also encouraged to participate in The Harding Fund.
Why is participation in The Harding Fund important?
You may feel that if you can only make a small gift to The Harding Fund, it does not make much difference whether you participate. Quite to the contrary, the mere act of participation has great consequences.
By making even a modest gift, your participation will help achieve a much greater result. Your participation in The Harding Fund is also valuable as a signal to others who are considering investing. Many corporations and foundations considering a contribution to Harding look carefully at the percentage of Harding alumni and parents who support the school. By making a gift of any amount, you help Harding raise funds from other sources.
With a growing endowment, why does Harding still need unrestricted gifts?
Thanks to many generous donors, Harding does have a growing endowment. It is important for Harding to spend from its endowment very conservatively, however, in order to ensure its continued strength.
The Harding Fund is sometimes called the "living endowment." Harding Fund dollars are expended in the year they are given to educate today's students, whereas only five percent of an endowment is awarded each year.
To put in perspective the importance of The Harding Fund:
• A $100 gift to The Harding Fund has the same impact as a $2,000 endowment gift.
• A $1,000 gift to The Harding Fund has the same impact as a $20,000 endowment gift.
I am a College of Business Administration graduate. Will my gift be used to support COBA?
You can designate your Harding Fund gift to a specific college or department. Your gift will support scholarships for students in your designated area of the University, thereby enriching their academic experience.
If my spouse is also an alumna/us of the University, will we both get credit for making one gift?
Harding alumni spouses will each be recognized for the entire gift amount.