The fundraising total for Presbyterian College for the 2014-2015 fiscal year was close to $7 million. The totals are impressive and are more than double the amount raised in the previous year. The increase was accomplished despite the fact that many of the Advancement staff are new to PC.
“I am very proud of the PC advancement team,” said Grady B. Jones, vice president for advancement, marketing, public relations and communications. “This is a great group of young professionals who are energetic and passionate about the financial health and growth of the College.”
Giving to the PC Annual Funds, which is the financial backbone of the College, increased by nearly $200,000 this year. The Annual Fund includes: The PC Fund, the School of Pharmacy Annual Fund, and the Scotsman Club. The Scotsman Club helps to fund athletic scholarships for our 335 student athletes.
“Our annual funds provide the unrestricted dollars essential to providing the quality liberal arts educational program, athletic experience, and living-learning community that PC is known to offer,” said Alex K. Scull, PC director of annual giving. “We have a very strong team set up right now in regards to annual giving, however we would be nowhere without our dedicated alumni volunteers who serve as class agents, Alumni Board members and members of the Board of Trustees. They provide their time and treasure to support the initiatives of this great college.”
The Pillar Society, which was launched last year, recognizes those alumni and friends who consistently support PC year in and year out. At the end of this fiscal year, PC had over 550 alumni and friends hit the 20+ year consecutive giving milestone.
“This is truly remarkable,” said Scull. “We look forward to continuing to launch new annual giving initiatives to drive up the alumni giving percentage. It is essential that we provide innovative giving options for our younger alumni and supporters.”
This year the Advancement team has also been raising money for special College projects and initiatives, including for the Neville renovation. Even though the College is still in the silent phase of the campaign, $7.5 million has been raised in gifts and pledges for the $11.8 million project. The kick-off for the public phase of the campaign will take place October 16 during Homecoming Weekend.
“The campaign committee for the Neville Hall project, chaired by E.G. Lassiter `69, has done an outstanding job of raising funds. They are highly committed to the renovation of this historic and iconic building on campus,” said Jones. “We hope that the PC community will join us in celebrating the public phase of this important PC initiative.”
While there was much success raising funds in 2014-2015, it is a new fiscal year and PC still needs the help of alumni, friends, faculty, and staff to make sure that 2015-2016 is even more successful. Your generous support helps the College attract and retain intelligent and community service-oriented students, recruit outstanding faculty and staff, and maintain campus facilities.