Reunion Giving

Class reunions are a time to celebrate your Wofford experience. They are a chance to renew old friendships and start new ones, and to rediscover what a special place Wofford College is. Many of us have returned many times over the years, but some have not. We know – life keeps us all busy. Now is the chance for all of us to return for our reunions to make this an extraordinary Homecoming Weekend.

It's also a chance for alumni to connect to their philanthropic passions, inspiring them to give a gift that enhances the student experience through endowed scholarships, support for student-athletes and for the other needs of the college, including research and professional development opportunities as well as academic, student life and the physical campus needs.

Reunion Class Gift

We encourage members of classes celebrating reunions during Homecoming to support the college with a financial gift. The Reunion Class Gift celebrates the entirety of each class’ support of college during their respective milestone year. We encourage our reunion year alumni to make their contributions before returning to campus for Homecoming Weekend. The reunion class gift includes the following:

  • All Dollars – The celebration of all contributions to the college received in the current fiscal year (Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2020) allows classmates to support the college priority of their choice.
  • All Multi-Year Commitments – A five-year pledge is a popular option for alumni who know they will continue to support the college each year. The total value of your pledge will be calculated toward your reunion class gift. Multiyear commitments allow the college to anticipate future funding and save resources on solicitations to our alumni.
  • Newly Documented Planned Gifts (beginning at the 40th Reunion) – For alumni who include Wofford in their will, name Wofford as a beneficiary of their life insurance or retirement plan, or set up a gift annuity or charitable trust for Wofford, any good faith estimates of future support for the college that has been documented since their last reunion will be celebrated. For the 50th reunion, all documented planned gifts will be included.

Gifting Opportunities

The Wofford College of tomorrow will be even better than the Wofford College of today because of your investment in the college, supporting it as a nationally recognized liberal arts institution.

We encourage members of classes celebrating reunions during Homecoming to support the college with a financial gift. Our primary areas of focus are The Wofford Fund, the Terrier Club for athletics scholarships and our class endowed scholarships, but if you prefer to designate your gift elsewhere, that is certainly fine. If your employer has a matching gift program, please secure those funds. Pledges may be paid over a five-year period and the total value of your pledge will go towards your class reunion totals.

The Wofford Fund

The Wofford Fund fills the gap where tuition dollars and endowment funds begin. It touches everyone and everything on campus — scholarships, research and professional development opportunities as well as academic, student life and the physical campus needs.

Terrier Club/Athletics Scholarships

We can be game-changers by supporting the champions of today as they become the leaders of tomorrow. Supporting Wofford athletics allows the Terriers to excel on the fields, the courts and in the arenas while also in the classroom, in the community and in the world.

Class Endowed Scholarship

One of Wofford College’s highest priorities is attracting the best and brightest students and securing their access to a Wofford education. Nearly every Wofford student receives some type of financial assistance. With the rising costs of education, students use the amount of financial aid available to them as a determining factor in choosing a college. Scholarship support ensures that Wofford remains competitive.

Here is information on the endowed scholarship funds of each class celebrating reunions this year:

The Class of 1970 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $18,016.66 in gifts and the current balance is $50,205.61. The scholarship recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Michael Wynne, a junior from Marietta, Georgia.

The Class of 1975 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $1,525.00 in gifts and the current balance is $23,601.16. The scholarship recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Edward Rainey, a sophomore from Greenville, South Carolina.

The Class of 1980 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $17,085.99 in gifts and the current balance is $44,895.63. The scholarship recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Carolina Hughes, a sophomore from Conway, South Carolina.

The Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $8,894.25 in gifts and the current balance is $25,535.20. The scholarship recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Jack Strausbaugh, a junior from Greenville, South Carolina.

The Class of 1990 Talmage B. Skinner Jr. 1956 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $15917.29 in gifts and the current balance is $35,925.00. The scholarship recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Matthew Copeland, a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Class of 1995 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $6,366.05 in gifts and the current balance is $17,938.04. The scholarship recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year is Jerrod Gervasi, a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Class of 2000 Endowed Scholarship Fund has received $7,123.00 in gifts and the current balance is $22,379.45. The fund needs $2,620.55 in additional gifts to be awarded to a student in the next academic year.

Ways to Make A Gift

  • Online: Visit the online reunion gift form to make a one-time gift, pledge payment or to set up a recurring draft.
  • By phone: Call the Advancement office at Wofford College at 864-597-4210 to give over the phone.
  • By mail: Checks can be mailed to the attention of Reunions, ℅ Office of Advancement, Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303
  • Multiyear commitments: Visit the online reunion pledge form to make a multiyear commitment.
  • Planned Giving: Visit the planned giving page to learn more about a wide range of topics including, wills and living trusts, beneficiary designations, gift annuities, gifts of real estate and much more. You also can contact Lisa DeFreitas, director of planned giving, at 864-597-4203 or defreitaslh@wofford.edu.
  • Gifts of stock: Contact Lisa Goings at goingsle@wofford.edu and 864-597-4210 for instructions on making a gift of stock or securities.

Reunion 2020 Class Standings

Awards

We celebrate our amazing volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the college surrounding reunion. We recognize our classes with these awards during Reunion Weekend.

For More Information

If you would like more general information surrounding Reunion Giving, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at 864-597-4198.