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Our names hold great power. We're asking you to put your name behind a cause that’s life-defining.

Please contribute philanthropically to Franklin & Marshall College.

This singular action—lending your own credibility to so worthy an
undertaking—has the power to alter history. In 1787, the same year he signed the U.S. Constitution, Benjamin Franklin offered his name to a new college in Lancaster and offered his founding benefaction.

The price of building great institutions is high, the outcomes historic, and leaders in these efforts—luminaries like Ben—are defined by their generosity and foresight.

Please be one of those leaders. Through your philanthropy, join the Benjamin Franklin Society today. Membership in the society begins and is maintained with annual gifts of $1,787 or more, commemorating the College’s founding year. If you prefer, you also have the option of dividing your gift into monthly payments, starting at a rate of $149 per month from July 1 to June 30. 

Benjamin Franklin’s signature has transcended centuries, and his college has changed lives. Please put your name next to his.

For more information about the Benjamin Franklin Society, please contact:

Christine Kmieczak, Director of Class and Affinity Giving
christine.kmieczak@fandm.edu, 717-358-4795

Kelsey Gross, Associate Director of Annual Giving   kelsey.gross@fandm.edu , 717-358-5933

Michael Thompson, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
michael.thompson@fandm.edu, 717-358-6014

See below for special opportunities for membership for GOLD alumni. 

Learn how the Coronavirus Stimulus Package may affect your giving: The CARES Act.

Membership Benefits

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  • President Porterfield and Becca Meyers 2016 Tribute Dinner
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	New to this year's Homecoming & Family Weekend celebration was the Tribute Dinner, which recognizes the College's most loyal supporters. The Founders Society inducted nine new members, and the John Marshall Society inducted 99 new members. (Photo by Nick Gould)
  • The College's most loyal supporters gather in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center Saturday evening for F&M's annual Tribute Dinner.
  • The Benjamin Franklin Society plaque in Steinman College Center 2.26.18.

As a Benjamin Franklin Society member, you will enjoy:

• Benjamin Franklin Society invitation-only activities.

• A listing by giving level on a special plaque that is prominently displayed in the entrance to Steinman College Center and updated each year.

• A listing in the College's campaign report of notable donors.

• Franklin & Marshall College staff members to assist you by answering your questions and supporting your philanthropy throughout the year.

Benjamin Franklin Society donors are also listed on a special plaque (photo included in the slide show above) that is prominently displayed in the entrance to Steinman College Center. Donors are listed by giving level (see councils below). The plaque is updated each fiscal year to reflect current membership. 

Giving Levels

This leadership annual giving society is further broken down into specific levels from July 1 to June 30 of each fiscal year:

Old Main Council ($50,000 and above) 

Could create a significant need-based financial aid award for a student who demonstrates great
promise

Diagnothian Council ($25,000 to $49,999) 

Could benefit students and the greater F&M community with services such as career support
and library programs

Goethean Council ($10,000 to $24,999) 

Could furnish needed equipment for science labs or visual arts studios

Hartman Council ($5,000 to $9,999)

Could create a life-changing opportunity for a Diplomat to spend a semester abroad or in a
domestic exchange program

Distler Council ($2,500 to $4,999)

Could support a career-starting, skill-building research opportunity for a current Diplomat

Keiper Council ($1,787 to $2,499)

Could provide enough for one of many speakers, from all over the world, who fuel community
understanding and engagement

 

"As parents to young girls, we look toward the future and hope for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. We are honored to support F&M in its endeavor to educate the leaders of tomorrow who will strive toward a more inclusive and global society."

RICARDO RIVERS '93 & ANNALAI WHEAT RIVERS '03

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 GOLD Alumni

Graduates Of the Last Decade, or GOLD alumni, are leaders and contribute greatly to F&M's legacy. They are leaders, thinkers and innovators at the beginning of their careers.

The Benjamin Franklin Society offers special opportunities for GOLD alumni to gain admittance to the society. Membership starts at $100 for each year post-graduation (see chart). 

GOLD alumni receive the same benefits as other members of the society:

  • The attention of a designated liaison
  • Listing in the annual report of donors  
  • Special communications from the College
  • Invitations to College events 

Please consider joining the Benjamin Franklin Society with your gift todayYou also have the option of dividing your gift into monthly payments when you make your gift online. Giving amounts reflect the F&M fiscal year of July 1 through June 30:

Class of 2011 $1,000 annually
Class of 2012 $900 annually
Class of 2013 $800 annually
Class of 2014 $700 annually
Class of 2015 $600 annually
Class of 2016 $500 annually
Class of 2017 $400 annually
Class of 2018 $300 annually
Class of 2019 $200 annually
Class of 2020 $100 annually

For more information about the Benjamin Franklin Society, please contact Associate Director of Annual Giving Kelsey Gross at kelsey.gross@fandm.edu or 717-358-5933.

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