That first contribution is considered a “planned gift”, one that promises to benefit the College in the future. If you make such a gift before June 30, 2021, it will qualify for matching funds from the “50th Reunion Legacy Challenge” – from 10% of gifts up to $100,000 to $50,000 for gifts over $500,000. This 50th Reunion Legacy Challenge also has a participation component which makes it inclusive for everyone. If 50% of our class gives in this fiscal year, we'll unlock an additional $25,000 to support Swarthmore students in honor of our reunion. We're happy to announce that we recently reached 50% participation, unlocking these additional funds. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!
If you prefer to keep things simple and give cash, you might join me in making monthly donations and promising to continue those – i.e. make a “pledge”. I’ve had a monthly donation in place since 2016, and I realized recently I could easily turn it into a pledge. Multiplying the monthly amount by the 52 months between now and June 2025 turned a “comfortable” monthly contribution into a (for me) significant donation to support the College and boost our class’s “reunion giving’ total. Of course, “pledges” don’t need to include monthly payments – just your promise to pay by June 30, 2025.
For any gift, you have the option to designate how you want the College to use the funds. Here are the College’s current priorities, and we plan to post suggestions from classmates as well.
If you have questions, especially about how you can make a planned gift or a pledge, please contact Renée P. Atkinson, Director of Gift Planning, at 610-328-8323 or email@example.com.
All the best,
Nancy Shoemaker, ‘71
firstname.lastname@example.org (to reach the committee with suggestions/comments)