For as little as the cost of one latte per month, you can have a profound impact on your alma mater. Your monthly gift not only supports today's students, it increases the value of your Longwood degree, since alumni participation is a factor in college rankings. (And for the third straight year, Longwood has moved up the charts in the U.S. News &World Report Best Colleges guide!)
"We encourage monthly giving because it enables us to have a critically important, reliable stream of income that we can count on and utilize to support our current students," says Katherine Bulifant ‘13, Longwood's Director of Annual Giving. "And we make it easy for alumni to set up the donation and then have it deducted automatically each month."
Steven Valdez '14 has been a monthly donor since soon after his Longwood graduation. "I want to give back and show my appreciation for the Longwood experience which, for me, included my work in the student activities office and involvement in Greek life," says Valdez, who works in strategy and technology." A monthly gift lets me make it easier for current students and those who have yet to start at Longwood."
Some of the exciting new things current students (and alumni) are enjoying, thanks to the support of alumni donors and others, include:
- The Norman H. and Elsie Stossel Upchurch University Center—opened in October—offers new dining options, many student affairs departments, the Student Government Association and so much more! Students are in love with the latest building to grace the Longwood campus.
- Our new monument to Joan of Arc, the university's patron hero, who has inspired students throughout the years.
- An innovative new core curriculum, designed to better prepare students in their intellectual and career pursuits.
Membership in the Pillar Society is just one way the Mitchell family shows its appreciation for Longwood. Kim and Bart Mitchell, who graduated in 1990, are thrilled their daughter Sydney (Nursing '21) is following in their Lancer footsteps. "Longwood has been good to our family and Kim and I want the university to be there for many generations to come," says Bart.
"We have been giving annually as our way to give back," he adds. "I had an opportunity to serve on the Longwood Foundation Board and saw firsthand the power of many gifts adding up to make a meaningful impact in the lives of current students."
Whether you give $10 or $200 each month, your gift has a huge impact! For more information, visit give.longwood.edu or contact Katherine Bulifant ’13, Director of Annual Giving, at 434-395-2032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.