Campus celebrates Tuition Free Day

CV Image On March 7, the Development Office highlighted the end of the academic year that students pay for through tuition, and the beginning of the year that is paid for by the generous donations of alumni and friends. “The goals of Tuition Free Day are two-fold,” said Gwen Hershberger, annual fund officer, “to both make students aware of how much alumni and friends support them, and to give students the opportunity to thank them for their generosity.”

Throughout the day, the Development Office handed out free cake, “I Am Loved” buttons and invited students to write a note of thanks to a donor. The cake and buttons were to help students understand that their tuition only covers about 66 percent of Goshen College’s total revenue in a year, and that the year was two-thirds of the way through. Around campus, faculty and staff wore yellow buttons that read, “The rest of the year is on us!” as a reminder that the generous donations of alumni and friends of Goshen College cover most of the remaining costs for the rest of the academic year.

Will Jones, vice president for institutional advancement, said, “Tuition Free Day is about recognizing how supportive alumni and friends are of the college.” Another component of “Tuition Free Day” was postcards that students could use to write a note of thanks to individual donors. These notes were sent to donors as a reminder of the impact they have on Goshen College students.

“Keeping Christian private liberal arts education affordable and accessible is one of our highest priorities each year,” Jones said. “Many alumni and friends contribute to scholarships and make gifts to student aid and the Goshen College Fund, and we want to make sure students are aware that donors are investing in their future.”

The Development Office intends to make this an annual event, and a cause for celebration of the vitality and generosity of the broader Goshen College community.

Introducing electronics funds transfer convenience

Goshen College recently added the convenience of making your gift through electronic funds transfer (EFT). You may have your contribution automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account each month or quarter. For further information or to begin making your gifts through EFT, contact Ginny Nunemaker at (800) 348-7422 (ext. 7562) or e-mail

Goshen College announces new Builders Giving Club and three new Giving Societies

From our beginning in 1894, Goshen College has relied on the generosity of those who understand that shaping the lives of young people builds a better future for all. In 1964, a group of Goshen College donors, calling themselves the Associates, recognized the need for a gift club that committed to annual “unrestricted” giving to the Goshen College Fund. Each made the significant commitment to give at least $1,000 annually. This group of donors has grown to include over 500 households of alumni and friends.

In an effort to recognize the meaningful gifts of others, Goshen College established the Builders level, recognizing annual “unrestricted” gifts of at least $365 ($1 a day). “It is our hope that there is a giving level that will inspire everyone to further invest in the mission of Goshen College,” said Roger Nafziger, director of annual and planned giving.

In addition, Goshen College established three new Giving Societies to recognize significant lifetime giving, including both “restricted” and “unrestricted” cumulative giving. Jim Caskey, director of major gifts, explains: “We have donors who have a relationship with Goshen College that spans several decades and many of them have faithfully given every year. Some even have a lifetime giving goal in mind. We want to encourage that kind of consistency which continues to move the college forward.”

For a brochure about Gift Clubs and Giving Societies, e-mail or call (574) 535-7558. (chart)

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