Our 2014-2015 supporters elevated the liberal arts, ennobled the College and shaped the future. They empowered connections—interdisciplinary, interpersonal, intercommunity, international and more—that define a great liberal arts education.
By empowering these connections in our students, our contributors empower our world’s vital intellectual circuitry—the liberal arts themselves. Thank you.
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All figures on this page represent giving totals as of June 30, 2015.
A Message from President Porterfield
DEAR ALUMNI, PARENTS & FRIENDS,
I’m pleased to share with you Franklin & Marshall College’s Annual Report of Giving. Thank you for making this fiscal year such a successful one.
Your philanthropic support—as well as your time, energy, and expertise—is essential to our work and mission. It enables us to provide an extraordinary, transformative education to generation after generation of students, propelling them into lives of meaning.
Three outstanding students—Shawn Hines, Taylor Mateja and Richard Camuccio—are profiled in this report. Your support empowers them, and thousands of others like them, to have a disproportionate impact on our world. All of our students have unique stories to share, whether they are conducting groundbreaking genetic research, learning through service in Lancaster or London, or mapping the universe. Yet, like the alumni they will soon join, they are united by a shared experience in the liberal arts—its joys, challenges, revelations, and the habits of mind it inspires.
Your gifts of time, talent, and financial resources are multipliers; they give life to the liberal arts and empower thousands to make our world a better place. Thank you.
All the best,
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.
Only once before in the College’s history has Franklin & Marshall’s community committed so much to F&M’s future. Your financial support, your valuable time, your energy and advocacy—these make possible extraordinary opportunity. They light the way to brilliant futures.
Empowering Faculty and Students
Empowering Excellence: Shawn Hines 2016
Empowering Performance: Taylor Mateja 2016
Empowering Exploration: Richard Camuccio 2016
Michael Anderson, Associate Professor
Alison Kibler, Professor
Empowering Stability and Success
A college’s permanently endowed funds not only denote institutional eminence—they make a concrete and meaningful difference in our students’ lives, prospects and opportunities.
Endowed funds are the foundation on which the College was built— Benjamin Franklin’s £200 gift remains in the College’s endowment and has produced revenue many, many times its original value. Investment returns from his gift and from each of the College’s endowed funds support F&M’s operations each and every day in a myriad of forms.
These investments reach far beyond what is visible year-to-year: Endowed financial aid funds put F&M in the position to recruit the most talented students regardless of their means; academic and programmatic gifts allow us to enhance the student experience continually, from funding vital upgrades in technology to recruiting and supporting faculty who lead in their disciplines.
Directing giving to the endowment isn’t just an investment in the College today; it’s an investment in tomorrow’s F&M, ensuring that future Diplomats will have all of the same resources and opportunities that today’s students have, and many more as well.
A Future Well-Planned
In the short span of time that we have, we want to ensure that what we contribute has a lasting impact. Though it is impossible to know what the needs and concerns of the future may be, it is important to leave behind a legacy that keeps forthcoming generations in mind. Members of the Schnader Society, through their deferred giving, invest in Franklin & Marshall’s future, guaranteeing that the needs of our students and the College will be met for years to come.
Anna Sparks P'66
The best ideas often start with a spark. In the case of the recent renovation of Shadek-Fackenthal Library, it began with a generous bequest from Anna Sparks P’66. Anna was one to think forward: When she set up a charitable remainder trust, she wasn’t only thinking about an investment that would create a line of income for her son, George H. Sparks ’66; she was also thinking of the legacy that her family would leave behind.
“Planned giving is permanent—you’re leaving a legacy,” said Mary Ann Cooke, J.D., ’90, director of gift planning for the College. “It’s about what your values are and what’s important to you. The impact of this legacy, which Anna has left for our students, will live forever as they take what they learn here, in her space, and live meaningful, productive lives.” Her thoughtfulness surely inspired her son, who, following his mother’s footsteps, also thought of the College in his estate.
Anna could not have known what resources would kindle knowledge in today’s students, but she trusted that the College would know the best recourse when the time came.
Almost 50 years after her son was a student, there is a stunning new development in the front northeast corner of the first floor of the library: the SparkSpace, a multifunctional learning area. The technology may be new, but the idea behind it is as important now as it was at the time of the College’s founding: to create great work, there must be great spaces and equipment to facilitate innovation and collaboration.
The SparkSpace will play a vital role for many years to come, and it will ensure that students have a place to go to expand their knowledge.