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Giving to Harding

The phrase “Community of Mission” permeates all aspects of Harding University.  Community supports one other. Our community begins with students, faculty, staff and administration who share a commitment to the mission of God.   Our community also includes alumni, parents, and friends of Harding who share our same values and who believe in what happens in this special place. By giving to Harding, you can support this community of mission and help prepare our students to make a difference in their own communities and throughout the world.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Harding has taken great strides to support its students, faculty and staff. We have reimbursed room and board to students and maintained full wages for our faculty and staff. In addition, we plan to extend even more scholarships this coming year to help students directly affected by this crisis. A gift to the Harding Fund directly supports refunds and our employees while also providing need-based scholarships. If you would like to help even more, we encourage you to support the Harding Cares Scholarship Fund that will assist students who have been financially impacted and may have trouble returning to Harding in the fall.

Thank you for your support of Harding University! 

The Harding Fund

This is the best way to give that impacts the broadest number of our students!

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.

You make a difference in the future of Harding.

Use the contact info listed below or make a donation online.

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President's Council

We want you to join the President's Council!  The PC members bring ideas, energy, and generosity to support our wonderful students.  More specifically, this group serves the University in the following ways:

 1) Goodwill ambassadors for Christian Education

 2) Providing advice and counsel

 3) Encourage prospective students to Harding

 4) Financial support for our future

Learn how to join »

Women for Harding

Founded in 1965 as a Christian service organization, Women for Harding has a rich heritage in providing need-based scholarships for freshman men and women at Harding. Each year, volunteers throughout the country work together on numerous projects to fund these scholarships.

Contribute to our current project, the First Ladies Garden:

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Charitable Estate Planning

Estate planning may be the most important act of stewardship any of us will ever undertake.

It is, at its core, the process of determining to whom we should transfer the stewardship of all that has been entrusted to us when we are called to step into eternity.

Join us in this important work and discover how you can make a difference.

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Generation HU

As young alumni, you have the opportunity to contribute to the education of future Harding students.

Generation HU has designed a participation-based giving plan to give recent graduates a chance to become involved and to make a difference.

We want you to know that we need you, that every gift matters, and that staying involved with Harding is essential to its continued success.

Learn more »

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Harding School of Theology

Your gifts to Harding School of Theology form the foundation of the school’s financial stability. Without your support, our seminary’s important work of training ministry leaders would be diminished.

Help us make a difference through endowments, online gifts, estate plans and more.

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Employee Giving

You’ve heard it said, “It’s great to be at Harding!” A big contributor to that fact is our faculty and staff throughout campus. Not only do they devote their time and expertise to our students, but they are also committed to furthering our mission by giving back to Harding. If you are employed by Harding and would like to make an impact on our students and campus, please follow the appropriate link below to make your gift.

Giving Options

Write a check to: Harding University
Send to:                 Harding University Advancement
                                 Campus Mail
                                 Box 12238

Give through Payroll Deduction

Give with a credit card

PDF Pledge Form (for printing, filling out and mailing in)

Special Giving Events

Gather to Give

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, we will challenge our alumni, friends and students
GATHER TO GIVE! On Giving Tuesday, for the sixth year in a row, we will come
together to give to multiple areas across our campus. You may give to any scholarship,
fund, or project that interests you! Please mark your calendars for this ONE-DAY

You can donate online, with a credit card over the phone, in cash, or with a check! Your
generous gift will give more students the ability to attend here and experience why it's
great to be at Harding!

Past results:
2014: 24K in a Day
Goal: $24,000
Actual total: $54,845

2015: Gather to Give
Goal: $50,000
Actual: $61,672

2016: Gather to Give
Goal: $75,000
Actual: $85,465

2017: Gather to Give
Goal: $100,000
Actual: $181,728 with a $100,000 match! Total funds raised: $281,728!

2018: Gather to Give
Goal: $200,000
Actual: $426,116

We are grateful for the generous hearts of the Harding University community!

Named Gifts

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

  • $1,000,000 - Endowed Chair
    for support of a distinguished professor
  • $500,000 - Endowed Professorship
    for the support of senior faculty
  • $250,000 - Endowed Fellowship
    for support of junior faculty
  • $50,000 - Faculty Development and Enhancement

Gifts to Establish Student Endowment Funds

  • $250,000 - Trustee Scholar Endowment
  • $25,000 - Endowed Scholarship

Matching Gifts

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

  • Employer matching gift programs
  • Ask Harding to see if your company will match a gift
  • Partial alphabetical listing of companies that match employee contribution

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

  1. Obtain the form and necessary instructions from your personnel or human resources department.
  2. Complete the employee's section and sign the form.
  3. Send the form to:
    Harding University's Advancement Office
    Box 12238
    Searcy, AR 72149
  4. We will complete our section and return it to the company.

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.

  • In some cases, companies will even match gifts from retired employees, spouses, or members of board directors.
  • Many companies have matching gift programs. Matching gifts are a very important way in which you can enhance your charitable giving.
  • Corporate matches usually double or even triple the benefit of your gift. You have an opportunity to direct you employer's philanthropic dollars to Harding.

Meet our Advancement Staff

The Advancement staff is here to serve you and answer your questions.

Bryan Burks

Bryan Burks

Vice President of University Advancement
Region: Searcy and assistance with Little Rock.

Steve Lake

Steve Lake

Assistant Vice President, Senior Advancement Officer
Major Gifts

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell

Senior Advancement Officer
Region: Northeast (CT, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WV, WI)

Ronnie Huckeba

Ronnie Huckeba

Senior Advancement Officer
Region: Arkansas

Morris Seawel

Morris Seawel
Senior Advancement Officer
Region: Southeast (LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, FL)

David Underwood

David Underwood
Senior Advancement Officer
Region: West (AR, AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, KS, OK, OR, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, SD, UT, WA, WY, St. Louis on IL side)

Candice Moore

Candice Moore
Campaign and Project Director

Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts
Director of Donor Relations

Shelbi Bridges

Shelbi Bridges
Generation HU Director

Cherisse Gregory

Cherisse Gregory
Harding Fund Director and Prospect Researcher

Harley Halliburton

Harley Halliburton
Business and Research Analyst

Center for Charitable Estate Planning

Ken Bissell

Ken Bissell

Director of Center for Charitable Estate Planning

Harding School of Theology

Greg Muse

Gregory H. Muse
Advancement Officer - Harding School of Theology
Region: Memphis


Questions on Giving

Why is Alumni participation so important?

Alumni participation is used as an indicator of alumni satisfaction by some college guidebooks and by foundations. Alumni who participate at any level are helping Harding's standing for student recruitment and fundraising.

Each year Harding is rated by such organizations as Peterson's and U.S. News and World Reports. Alumni giving percentages are noted and factored into the ranking process.

Perhaps the most critical reason for a high participation rate among alumni is that major foundations consider heavily the willingness of a university's own alumni to support a campaign as a primary key in grant making. These foundations state that they seek to help those institutions which are helping themselves through the support of grateful alumni, parents and friends.

What types of gifts are sought?

The four broad areas of giving are unrestricted, restricted, capital, and endowment gifts.  Unrestricted gifts are always encouraged as they have the largest impact on the most students.  At Harding, we call unrestricted gifts the “Harding Fund” as they help provide scholarships to need-based students.  Restricted gifts are typically scholarships set up for students according to a set of criteria established by the donor.  In other words, the donor typically restricts these funds according to their desires.  Capital gifts relate to building and construction projects on campus.  Endowment gifts are for the ongoing support of the university in which the principal is kept intact while the investment earnings are used as current gifts.  These are typically the result of estate planning.

What are unrestricted gifts?

Unrestricted gifts support many academic needs. These change from year to year as the needs of the University and its schools change or opportunities emerge. These needs are basic to the operation of an institution of higher education and include primarily scholarships, but also faculty enrichment, program development, library acquisitions, administrative expenses, new equipment and improvements in facilities and grounds.

Will my company match my gift?

Many companies encourage their employees to contribute to their alma mater by matching their gifts. If your company has a matching gift program, help us take advantage of this opportunity by obtaining the form needed from the personnel office of your company. Please complete the form and return it to us with your gift record and count toward the level for recognition in the Donor Program.

Is my gift tax deductible?

The Harding University Annual Fund has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as fully qualified to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions solely in support of Harding University.

What is the fiscal year at Harding?

Our fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30. This may cause some confusion for donors as the tax year follows the regular calendar. New federal accounting standards require that we close our financial year exactly on June 30. Pledge payments of gifts which are received in July cannot be counted to the fiscal year which had just ended.

Can I specify where my gift will be spent?

Yes, but your gift might not count towards the Harding Fund. If you would like to restrict your gift to a specific purpose, you can simply make a note of it on the check or include a short note with your gift or pledge payment.

Also, certain corporations limit matching program funds if gifts are restricted. Please check with your company for any matching gift conditions before assigning restrictions to your gifts to Harding.

Contact Us

Advancement Dept.


Giving: 800-477-4312

Mail checks to:
Harding University
Advancement Office
Box 12238
Searcy, AR 72149-5615