Campaign Steering Committee Members
John Blackburn, Co-chair
Jack Sparacio ’63, Co-chair
Susan Hoblit ’83
Darwin Runyon ’81
Ex-Officio Campaign Members
David Gerlach, Ph.D.
Debbie Ackerman ’83
Embracing Our Past. Empowering Our Future.
The Campaign for Lincoln College
Questions and Answers
What is Lincoln College?
Lincoln College is a private, non-denominational college in the heart of Illinois. The College uniquely empowers students to reach their full potential, and has done so for over 150 years. While Lincoln College was a junior college for many years, it now offers 15 baccalaureate programs at its two campuses.
Why is a Campaign necessary?
When Lincoln University was chartered in 1865, the founders envisioned a small college that would prepare students for the next steps in their lives. That mission changed slightly during the Great Depression, with the school refocusing its priorities on associate degree programs in a residential setting. Now, the landscape has changed again, and Lincoln College is matching the needs of its students. This means returning to our roots as a four year degree granting institution, increasing enrollment, and adding classrooms. Through the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College, we can ensure that our students continue to receive the highest quality education and college experience.
How were the funding priorities determined?
With Lincoln College’s re-expansion to a four year institution, the Board of Trustees and administration analyzed the needs of students, faculty, and staff over the next ten years as well as reflecting on projects that may have been put on hold due to external constraints, such as the Illinois budget crisis. Educational resources and classrooms took precedence, and are reflected in the LINCOLN Fund, University Hall, and scholarship goals. Next the College recognized the need for building improvements in the Johnston Center to meet accreditation requirements for our fine arts degree programs, as well as the Scully Natatorium.
Why should we support the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College?
Lincoln College is an institution that has done amazing things for its students with relatively limited financial resources. While we have made much progress towards raising our institutional profile in recent years, we lag behind similar institutions in specific areas. Your support of the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College will help us fund important improvements not covered by tuition and strengthen our efforts to empower all students to reach their full potential. In addition, gifts from donors like you will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that we can continue to recruit exceptional faculty and staff and make a Lincoln College education available to talented students with limited resources.
How will Lincoln College recognize gifts to the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College?
The EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College offers several naming opportunities both across campus and inside buildings. All campaign gifts, regardless of the amount, will be acknowledged in Lincoln College’s Honor Roll of Donors. In addition, the College recognizes lifetime giving on the Wall of Honor in the Lincoln Center. While we intend to acknowledge every donor, we do respect the wishes of those who choose to remain anonymous.
Who will be asked to contribute?
The Lincoln College Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff have already donated to the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College. Now, the College invites alumni, friends, past parents, community members, and those dedicated to enriching the lives of students to make a gift to the Campaign.
How much should I give?
That is a very personal question and one only you can answer. We do hope that you consider your relationship to Lincoln College, as well as the College’s impact on both students and the Lincoln and Logan County community for years to come.
Are gifts to the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College tax-deductible?
Yes, Lincoln College is a 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts made to the College are tax-deductible as allowed by state and federal regulations. In light of tax law changes, donors are advised to consult with their professional advisors to achieve the maximum tax benefit from their philanthropy.
Why a 3- to 5-year pledge period?
Our goal of $8 million is too high to reach with only out-of-pocket gifts. By spreading gift payments out over several years, Lincoln College enables donors to maximize their campaign gift and perhaps even secure a naming opportunity beyond the normal reach of an annual gift.
Are gifts other than cash accepted?
Yes, the EMPOWER Campaign for Lincoln College will accept gifts of stocks, bonds, insurance policies, and credit card payments. If you have another asset you would like to donate, please contact the Advancement Office (877) 522-5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss additional options.
How do I make a gift?
You can make a gift in person, online, by mail, or over the phone. If you choose to mail a gift, you can send it to Lincoln College, Attn: EMPOWER Campaign, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Online donations can be made at http://www.LincolnCollege.edu/EMPOWERLC.
|-University Hall Renovation||$3,000,000|
|-Johnston Center Auditorium||$500,000|
|-Misc. Campaign Gifts||$500,000|