Why it Matters

Outstanding teaching, research, and service to society must be supported and protected in changing economic times. More than ever before, colleges must creatively leverage all of their resources—human, intellectual, financial, reputational—to support national-level excellence if they are going to flourish into the future. To claim our own future, we must engage all who work and study at Franklin & Marshall with our alumni, parents, advocates, investors and supporters in the work of advancing the College, and especially our students.

We already successfully compete for many of the best students in the world. We are already a top producer of graduates who earn premier fellowships, graduate school admission and them, whether that means supporting a national-level faculty in the future, enhancing physical space to create friendship, community, and learning, or investing in technologies essential to academic and competitive success.

Attaining the gold standard of quality and value—the gold standard of relevant, dynamic liberal arts education—demands new philanthropic support.

While dollars raised annually through the Franklin & Marshall Fund have increased steadily, we have a goal of increasing yearly giving among alumni to 40% and growing our endowment considerably through a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." –Benjamin Franklin

Great colleges secure their futures by uniting their entire community of alumni, parents, students, faculty and friends to become stakeholders in the enduring excellence of the institution. We will strengthen our partnership with F&M’s 25,000 alumni and the Franklin & Marshall Alumni Association. We will be a lifelong point of connection and an educational resource. We will create new opportunities on campus and online for graduates to leverage their expertise and energy. We want to engage our entire extended community in meaningful excellent jobs. We already recruit an accomplished faculty of scholars. Distinctive assets like our campus and our partnership with the City of Lancaster position us to continually invigorate the student living and learning experience at F&M. We must take great care to steward these assets and grow volunteering, mentoring and leadership.