LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – A new season of giving at Lincoln University is officially underway.
The official annual giving campaign kickoff event for 2017-18 was held recently at the new Wellness Center Café to coincide with the national “Giving Tuesday” campaign.
“We all know that every gift counts and that no gift is too small,” said President Brenda A. Allen, who addressed attendees through a pre-recorded video message. “For this reason, I am hopeful that we will have robust participation from our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students. I thank you in advance for your gift and for your effort to make this campaign a success.”
To jumpstart the giving, Steven Board ’81, president of the New York Chapter of the Alumni Association of Lincoln University, presented two gifts totaling $7,500 from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Mu Chapter and the New York Metro Alumni Chapter.
“Like many young men, attending Lincoln University provided me with a platform and foundation for my successful journey into manhood,” Board said. “It is for that reason that I believe it is paramount for all alumni to support our president's vision by paying it forward by giving their time, talents, and financial resources to ensure the growth and prosperity in perpetuity of this distinguished institution.”
Board was joined by fraternity brothers James Parker ’93; Brandin House, a human services major from Killeen, Texas; and Charles E. Stewart ’89.
Donors may visit www.lincoln.edu/give to access the secured online giving platform that allows contributors to choose where their gift will be directed, including the Lincoln Fund and the 1854 Alumni and Friends Challenge.
Donors can make an end-of-year gift by December 31 or make a pledge payable by June 30. Donors may make a one-time or recurring gift. Employees may opt for payroll deduction.
Several speakers mentioned “changing the culture” of giving at Lincoln, including Stephen L. McDaniel, interim vice president of Institutional Advancement, who spoke of the importance of raising the University’s employee and alumni giving rate.
He said that donations—whether to a specific program or the Lincoln Fund to support needs as they arise— have a direct impact on a student’s ability to complete his or her educational goals without distractions or financial hardship.
Speaking directly to the faculty and staff members present, Charles Sutton, director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, said not only is he a Lincoln employee and graduate, but a proud parent who has two daughters who are currently enrolled.
“Lincoln made it all possible. It put me where I am. Giving back is very important for me, and it’s an institution that deserves it,” Sutton said.
SGA President Gionelly Mills and Pre-Alumni Council President Courtney Hughes challenged students to begin a habit of giving now and to continue donating after graduation.