Why Give? 

Please join the thousands of alumni, parents and friends who have supported F&M already this year, and be part of our continuing success.

The generosity of Franklin & Marshall alumni, parents and friends sustains the work and mission of the College today and propels us to an even greater future. High participation rates in giving are essential to maintaining F&M's standing as a liberal arts institution of national merit. Each gift, of any size, makes a long-lasting impact on the life of the College. We thank those who already support F&M and invite all members of the F&M community to make a difference by making a gift today.


Ways to Give

Annual Giving

Every gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund is vital to every aspect of the F&M student experience—supporting close student-faculty collaboration, energizing campus life, providing opportunities for learning and discovery, and preparing students for life after college.

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Gift Planning & Bequests

Planned gifts, which include bequests and charitable gift annuities, offer an opportunity to be part of Franklin & Marshall College’s legacy, sustain the life and mission of the College and benefit you and your family all at the same time. 

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Capital & Endowment Giving

Capital and endowed gifts provide a reliable source of income that allows the College to continue investing in the excellence of its campus, faculty and student experience. Your investment enhances the College’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate liberal education.

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Corporate & Foundation Giving

Corporate and foundation grants are one of the most effective means of supporting education, research and scholarship so that F&M can continue to enhance the academic programming that distinguishes the College at the leading edge of liberal arts education.  

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Fundraising Priorities
  • Franklin & Marshall Fund

    Every gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund is vital to the F&M student experience—supporting close student-faculty collaboration, energizing campus life, extending financial aid to talented students in need, expanding programs for student-athletes, promoting ongoing opportunities for learning and discovery, and preparing students for life after college. The generosity of Franklin & Marshall’s alumni, parents and friends—83.8 percent of living alumni, for example, have given at least once since graduation—reflects their unwavering belief in the College’s mission, helps to preserve the legacy of opportunity available to past, present and future students, and sustains the College’s tremendous momentum. Regardless of whether your gift is unrestricted or designated for a specific purpose, your support for the Franklin & Marshall Fund will propel us to a greater future than would otherwise be possible.

    We thank those who have supported and continue to support F&M. And we invite all members of the F&M community to make an impact by giving to the Franklin & Marshall Fund today.

    To learn more about the Franklin & Marshall Fund, contact Director of Annual Giving Ramy Rahal at (717) 358-4757 or ramy.rahal@fandm.edu.

  • Student Talent

    By opening our doors to the best students—focusing on the ability to perform, and not the ability to pay—we elevate the quality of campus life, the caliber of work done in classes and laboratories, and ultimately the quality of teaching, as faculty members stretch themselves and their courses to meet the challenges of a highly talented student body.

    Granting adequate student aid to those who need it signals to qualified students nationwide that one’s finances need not be a barrier to a Franklin & Marshall education, and further demonstrates that the College is committed to recruiting the best students. This reputation will grow in importance as the College draws more applications from first-generation Americans and from those who are first in their family to attend college.

    A national student body is a competitive advantage for any college. Prioritizing the recruitment of student talent, regardless of financial means, is thus both an investment in the future of individual students and a vote of confidence in the excellence of the College.

    To learn more, contact Campaign Director and Director of Major Gifts Bruce Balestier at (717) 358-4796 or bruce.balestier@fandm.edu, or Associate Vice President For College Advancement Patrick Burke at (717) 358-4270 or patrick.burke@fandm.edu.

  • Learning and Discovery

    Franklin & Marshall College prides itself on enabling its students and faculty to explore uncharted intellectual spaces. The opportunity to create new knowledge as an undergraduate is thrilling and can influence the direction of a student’s life. Top students expect such singular research experiences, and the opportunities available at Franklin & Marshall for high-level undergraduate research reflect the nexus of scholarship and teaching around which Franklin & Marshall has thrived throughout its history.

    By recruiting top scholars and teachers and expanding our curriculum in fields like foreign languages, bioinformatics, religious studies, creative writing, government, art and computer science, we can continue to provide the broad academic experience we insist upon at Franklin & Marshall College. Gifts to this area allow the College to respond to the need to equip students for life and work in the 21st century. 

    To learn more, contact Campaign Director and Director of Major Gifts Bruce Balestier at (717) 358-4796 or bruce.balestier@fandm.edu, or Associate Vice President For College Advancement Patrick Burke at (717) 358-4270 or patrick.burke@fandm.edu.

  • Student Support and Well-Being

    The colleges that will thrive in the 21st century recognize that the broad and deep learning that creates the signature college experience occurs in many places and in many forms. Colleges hoping to remain competitive must focus keenly on the experience they offer students beyond the classroom. At Franklin & Marshall, we take pride in developing the next generation of leaders through a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum paired with creative programming and resources that foster personal growth.

    We are meeting head-on the challenge of fostering our students' broadly shared passion for serving and learning from the larger community. Franklin & Marshall is committed to enhancing our ability to grow leaders, develop their characters, and enable them to translate their passion for service into meaningful experience that will inform their post-collegiate lives. Toward these ends, we are advancing the following the College House system, expanding opportunities for students to engage in civic engagement and community-based learning, and positioning the College as an exemplar of how to help students become confident and healthy adults through its student health and wellness programming.

    To learn more, contact Campaign Director and Director of Major Gifts Bruce Balestier at (717) 358-4796 or bruce.balestier@fandm.edu, or Associate Vice President For College Advancement Patrick Burke at (717) 358-4270 or patrick.burke@fandm.edu.

  • Student Athletic Experience

    Franklin & Marshall is committed to fostering excellence in student athletics by recruiting talented student-athletes and coaches, investing in leading-edge equipment and facilities, and providing opportunities for student-athletes to develop as athletes, teammates, and leaders.

    To further elevate Franklin & Marshall’s athletic programming, the College is actively raising funds to build a multipurpose facility that will offer spaces for training and competition, sports medicine, and leadership programs for students and coaches. In the largest gift ever to Franklin & Marshall for athletics, and the leading investment for this project, Laurence Shadek ’72 and the Shadek Family Foundation have donated $5 million to the College to help build Shadek Stadium on F&M’s North Campus. The stadium will enhance the caliber of Franklin & Marshall’s athletic programming and provide exceptional opportunities for student-athletes to develop both on and off the field. 

    To learn more, contact Campaign Director and Director of Major Gifts Bruce Balestier at (717) 358-4796 or bruce.balestier@fandm.edu, or Associate Vice President For College Advancement Patrick Burke at (717) 358-4270 or patrick.burke@fandm.edu.

  • Professional Development and Lifelong Success

    Franklin & Marshall’s mission hinges on the idea that undergraduate liberal education should not only provide students outstanding opportunities for learning and discovery, but also instill in them the capacity to live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations and communities. Therefore the efforts of Franklin & Marshall to support the development of its students do not end at its classroom walls, or even once students have left campus.

    The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) prepares students for their lives and careers beyond college and continues to support them as alumni in a number of ways: helping them identify and explore potential career pathways; exposing them to extraordinary professional development opportunities; preparing them to compete for the job options they seek; and supporting their trajectories of success well beyond graduation.

    Gifts to this area help ensure that Franklin & Marshall continues to build upon its reputation as an innovative leader in the area of student professional development and offer exceptional support for students in their pursuit of lifelong success. 

    To learn more, contact Campaign Director and Director of Major Gifts Bruce Balestier at (717) 358-4796 or bruce.balestier@fandm.edu, or Associate Vice President For College Advancement Patrick Burke at (717) 358-4270 or patrick.burke@fandm.edu.

Thanks and Recognition

Franklin & Marshall College would not be what it is today without the loyalty and generosity of our alumni, parents and friends. You, our supporters, elevate the College and every one of our students. We are thankful for your willingness to invest in them and in the impact they will make on our world.

Giving and Recognition Societies

The loyalty and support of our generous alumni, parents and friends makes the entire life of the College possible. We honor and recognize the commitment of our donors with a number of societies.  

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Annual Report of Giving

This yearly report reflects back on the past year's giving and its felt impacts for students, faculty members, our beautiful campus, and the College community.  

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The Pulse of F&M