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The year in review - Office of Advancement

The year in review

Office of Advancement shares successes from 2016.

  • $30,334,383 in gifts
    • 63% percent increase from previous year
  • Number of donors: 
    • Alumni donors: 3,044
    • Parent donors: 910


The Importance of Student Support

  • Scholarships:
    • # of students receiving institutional merit scholarships: 1,185
    • # of student receiving merit, need and athletics scholarships: 1,537
    • Our students receive over $30 million in scholarships each year!

 

  • The Trustee Matching Fund

Thanks to Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs and the Trustee Matching Fund, 2016 was a record year for establishing permanently endowed scholarships at Wofford College.  

  • 72 new endowed scholarships established
  • 43 additional commitments made to existing endowed scholarships
  • 13 members of the Benjamin Wofford Society with estate plans established scholarships

 

Gift Planning:

  • The Benjamin Wofford Society - The Benjamin Wofford Society recognizes individuals who have made the ultimate expression of their faith in the college by remembering Wofford in their estate plans.
  • 34 new estate commitments totaling $4.7 million
  • Including bequests, gift annuities, trusts, retirement assets and life insurance designations
  • 15 estate gifts received totaling $1.2 million

 

The Wofford Fund:

  • 130 Great Oaks Society members
  • Total Wofford Fund contributions: $1,707,297
  • The Wofford Fund allocations, ranked in order of contributions:
  • Area of Greatest Need
  • Scholarship Support
  • Library & Technology
  • Student Experiences
  • Faculty & Staff Development

 

Terrier Club

  • Total Terrier Club contributions: $1,574,564
  • Terrier Ball record year: $350,000
  • 856 guests at Terrier Ball
  • 179 Terrier Club Goal Line Club members
  • 348 Terrier Club golf tournament participants

 

The Benefactors: Senior Giving Campaign

  • 192 seniors (that’s 56 percent of Class of 2016) made their first gift to the college before graduation, setting a new senior giving record.
  • Class of 2016 total contribution: $4,500
  • 16 students made leadership gifts of $100 or more

 

Wofford on Call 

  • $586,870 raised and 2,569 pledges
    • 35 student callers
    • Average commitment: $228
    • 28,965 phone calls

Meet the Callers: Resharia ’19

  • Majors: psychology, Spanish
  • Activities: President of the Association of Multicultural Students, Resident Assistant, Arcadia Volunteer Corp
  • Words of gratitude: “I wish I could personally thank each donor for their gifts to Wofford. We greatly appreciate your gifts as they afford us amazing opportunities here on campus. Your contributions do not go unnoticed. Thank you!”

 

Meet the Callers: Christopher ’18

  • Majors: accounting, economics
  • Activities: Pi Kappa Phi, Alpha Phi Omega
  • Words of gratitude: “To each donor: Thank you for continuing to allow me and other students to experience Wofford in new ways!”

 

Alumni:

  • Alumni events:
  • # of events: 48
  • # of cities: 23
  • Total attendance: 6,634

 

Upcoming Alumni Events:

April 1 - Wofford tent at the Cooper River Bridge Run Finish Festival, Charleston, S.C.

April 12-16 - Wofford tent at the Heritage Golf Tournament at Sea Pines, Hilton Head, S.C.

April 25 - Spartanburg/Tryon-area alumni gathering

April 28 - Wofford tent at the Spartanburg Criterium bike race 

April 28-29 - Terrier Club men’s and women’s soccer reunion

May 3 - Wofford vs. USC baseball pregame gathering, Columbia, S.C.

May 20-21 - Class of 1967 50th reunion weekend

June 10 - Boston Red Sox pregame gathering

July 1 - Cincinnati Reds game

August 24 - Spartanburg-area alumni oyster roast

September 22-23 - Family Weekend

October 3 - Camden alumni and admission gathering

October 12-14 - Wofford weekend in Charleston

October 20-21 - Homecoming

November 18 - Wofford vs. USC football pregame, Columbia, S.C.

 

 

Office of Advancement Staff

Dr. David Wood
senior vice president for advancement
864-597-4200 | woodds@wofford.edu

 

Calhoun Kennedy ’89
associate vice president and executive director for advancement
864-597-4211 | kennedycl@wofford.edu

 

Lisa De Freitas ’88
director of gift planning
864-597-4203 | defreitaslh@wofford.edu

 

Lisa Goings ’11
director of advancement operations
864-597-4210 | goingsle@wofford.edu

 

Mary Beth Knight ’96
director of foundation, corporate and government relations
864-597-4215 | knightme@wofford.edu

 

Ryann McCall ’13
director of advancement marketing and communications
864-597-4192 | mccallrk@wofford.edu  

 

Dina Roberts
leadership gift officer
864-597-4198 | robertsdk@wofford.edu

 

Matthew Roos
leadership gift officer
864-597-4205 | roosmr@wofford.edu

 

Elizabeth Shuler ’07
director of donor relations
864-597-4204 | shulereb@wofford.edu 

 

Pat Smith
donor research and management
864-597-4219 | smithpa@wofford.edu 


Alumni & Parents Programs

Debbi Thompson ’88
director of alumni and parents programs
864-597-4208 | thompsondn@wofford.edu

 

Thom Henson ’96
assistant director of alumni and parents programs
864-597-4213 | hensontm@wofford.edu

 

Alex Hunt ’15
coordinator of young alumni engagement
864-597-4192 | huntam@wofford.edu


The Wofford Fund

 

Krista Redding ’11
director of The Wofford Fund
864-597-4191 | reddingjk@wofford.edu

 

Erin Hunter ’13
assistant director of The Wofford Fund 
864-597-4193 | hunterem@wofford.edu 


Terrier Club 

Terri Lewitt
senior associate athletics director for development
864-597-4096 | lewitttl@wofford.edu

 

Luke Feisal ’14
membership development coordinator
864-597-4496 | feisaljl@wofford.edu 

 

Mary Kathryn Jolly ’12
membership services and events coordinator
864-597-4468 | jollymk@wofford.edu