Class Giving Competition
The Race for the Shield
Celebrate the significance of Albion College through a gift in honor of your class.
Thank you to all who participated in our 2014 Race for the Shield competition. Collectively the 2014 competition classes raised a total of $709,615.71 for the College! This is an increase from the 2013 competition of over $200,000.
What is the Race for the Shield?
The Race for the Shield is a fundraising competition between all classes celebrating anniversaries ending in a "0" or a "5". There are two opportunities for your class to win. Your class could win the highest total giving category, or the highest giving participation category, or both!
Class giving gives you the chance to demonstrate your passion for Albion College all while helping to give current and future students resources to succeed. All gifts, of any amount to any designation, count from July 1, 2014, through October 16, 2015 for the 2015 competition.
Also, pledges of $25,000 or more that are payable over up to five years will count. For example, a pledge of $25,000 could be paid in five annual installments of $5,000 and would count at the full value of the total commitment.
Current 2015 Class Giving Leaders
- Class of 1955: open
- Class of 1960: Forrest Heaton and Rick Smith
- Class of 1965: open
- Class of 1970: open
- Class of 1975: Mark & Deborah (Mason) Lindemood
- Class of 1980: open
- Class of 1985: open
- Class of 1990: open
- Class of 1995: Nicole DuPraw Carter
- Class of 2000: Elizabeth Hutula and Scott Smith
- Class of 2005: Erin Schultz
- Class of 2010: open
What's in it for the class?
The two classes that lead, either in the total giving category or in the giving participation category, will have their class name placed on a plaque for future classes to see. To honor the giving leaders and those who participated in the class that wins either of these, we will be having a complimentary reception during Homecoming with the president. At the reception, the two winning classes will present the president with large checks indicating the amount the class raised. All giving leaders and classmates will be invited to celebrate their hard work and support of Albion College.
Who's currently in the lead for the 2015 competition?
The Class of 1960 is currently in the lead for the highest giving participation and for the highest total giving. There is still plenty of time to help your class win!
Will this really have a large impact on Albion College?
Yes! Milestone anniversaries (those ending in a "0" or "5") are the time when alumni tend to either increase their gift to the College or make a gift to the College for the first time. The reminiscing and excitement that these anniversaries bring re-engages those who may have lost touch with the College.
What do our gifts go toward?
The Albion College Fund and Briton Scholarship Fund, supported by unrestricted gifts, allow Albion to use the money where the need is greatest -- including (but not limited to): scholarships, campus improvements, faculty support, and academic programs. Your gift to the Albion College Fund helps purchase books for the library, support student research projects, and secure critical pieces of equipment for our classrooms.
It is also possible to designate your gift to a specific department, program, or team. No matter where you designate your gift, it will go towards benefiting Albion College as a whole!
Are gifts to the College tax deductible?
Yes, gifts to Albion College are tax deductible. After you have made your gift you will receive a gift receipt in the mail.
Make a gift today so you can count as a participant for your class!