From reunion giving and student giving to special matching gift opportunities, there are many programs designed to engage donors in ways that are meaningful to the donor and beneficial to Messiah College. Please navigate the links to the left to learn more about the many programs that are designed to match donor interest with institutional needs and priorities.
Many companies encourage their employees to give by matching their charitable gifts. Matching gifts are like free money for Messiah College! Match ratios for some companies are as high as 2:1 or even 3:1, so the impact of matching gifts is tremendous.
Check to see if your company offers a matching gift program or contact your HR department.
Please mail all forms to:
Attn: Gift Processing Coordinator
One College Ave
Mechanicsburg PA 17055
You can also fax the completed form to 717-796-5385.
NEH Challenge Grant
The Messiah College Center for Public Humanities seeks to bring together educators, students, and community partners for the promotion and development of innovative and integrated modes of public humanities programming and dissemination of humanities scholarship. The Center facilitates programs in public humanities for the College and the regional community, including symposia, lectures, and educational workshops.
Donors who give to the Center for Public Humanities to help us reach our NEH Challenge Grant goal may take advantage of several naming opportunities that may honor a benefactor's family name and legacy while also advancing the mission of the Center. For instance, a donor may wish to name a distinguished lecture series that brings nationally renowned speakers who stir genuine regional public interest in the humanities. Past presenters at such lectures have included noted media critic and documentary filmmaker Dr. Jean Kilbourne and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning American historian David McCullough.
Gifts of $25,000 to $100,000 (payable over a period of 1-5 years) will endow a named lecture for the Center for Public Humanities, e.g., American Democracy Lecture, Fall Distinguished Lecture Series, or Spring Distinguished Lecture Series.
If you are interested in helping us reach our $600,000 goal by naming a lecture series or learning more about other naming opportunities in conjunction with the NEH Challenge Grant, please contact Jon Stuckey at 717-796-5065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
L.B. Smith Estate Foundation Matching Gift Program
The L.B. Smith Estate Foundation is a public foundation classified as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. The Foundation seeks to support educational institutions by accepting gifts from donors who wish to give to a particular college or university, like Messiah College. The Foundation processes the gift and sends it to Messiah, along with an additional matching gift from the Foundation. The additional amount varies, but is typically in the range of 10-25% of the donor's gift amount. Therefore, a gift of $100 made through the L.B. Smith Foundation may be increased to $110-$125 or more.
Gifts to benefit Messiah College, made through the L.B. Smith Estate Foundation, allow donors to maximize their giving potential and increase the size of the gift given to Messiah College. The College is truly appreciative of the donors who take advantage of this opportunity to provide additional gift revenue for the benefit of Messiah College students.
Human Development and Family Science Endowment
The HDFS Student Endowment Fund will enable students to attend professional conferences, become student members of their professional organizations, conduct research with faculty, co-present papers with faculty at research meetings, conduct surveys necessary for senior honors projects, and so much more! The department's initial goals is to reach $20,000, which will provide $1,000 per year to award student grants. The ultimate goal is to reach an endowment level of $100,000.
Good Samaritan Fund
The Good Samaritan Fund is an un-endowed fund that will be
used to meet tuition expenses for current students whose families cannot afford
to pay their bill due to unforeseen, crisis-type situations. There are a number
of circumstances that could impact a student's ability to pay for a Messiah
education, including the disability or death of a parent or sibling, the loss
of a parent's job, extended illness, etc. The reservoir of resources made
available through the Good Samaritan Fund will provide critical emergency
assistance for students who demonstrate that they are in need of such relief.
Alumni Council Legacy Fund
The Messiah College Alumni Council officially established the Alumni Council Legacy Scholarship Fund to support the children and grandchildren of Messiah graduates. This fund is intended to directly support Messiah families and help build legacy relationships for generations to come by providing scholarship assistance to children and grandchildren of alumni who choose a Messiah College education.
Because endowed scholarship funds are perpetual and predictable, these funds will benefit generations of Messiah College students and enable the College to plan more strategically for the future. In addition, endowed scholarship funds are set aside and kept separate from operating and capital fund accounts. The principal of the fund remains intact while the investment income provides much-needed support each year. You can be sure that your endowed scholarship will be secure and that the terms of the agreement will be carefully followed.
Endowed scholarship funds are often named for the person or family who establishes the fund, or for someone who they wish to honor or memorialize. In addition, you may tailor the purpose of the scholarship to benefit a specific area of interest. Donors also enjoy opportunities to correspond and meet with the students who benefit from the scholarship.