AFFINITY MODEL FOR ENGAGEMENT AND PHILANTHROPY

Eckerd College took a holistic approach in developing a program of education, engagement, cultivation and fund raising for its new Science Center. The essential components included:

Science Summit on the future of the sciences with presentation by faculty on how science is taught at Eckerd, three construction options for the new Center for Molecular and Life Sciences and fund raising scenario. The commitment to build the $30 million Science Center was a direct outcome of the summit.

Science Challenge of $15 million from a private foundation was secured through the Science Summit and had a catalytic and compounding impact in exceeding $30 million goal.

Call to Conversation with approximately 300 of Eckerd’s 3,800 science alumni. A white paper on the future of the sciences at Eckerd was written by the faculty and sent in advance as a background/conversation piece for these meetings.

Dean’s Council on the Sciences was established with leading science graduates as an advisory group for the college and science faculty in designing the new science center and curriculum as well as engaging other science alumni through an annual Science Symposium and regional gatherings of science alumni.

Science Symposium was created to help promote and raise awareness about the Center for Molecular and Life Sciences as well as showcase alumni, faculty and student achievements in science. Now in its fourth year, the symposium draws over 150 science alumni to campus annually.

Science Fellows recognition ($5K Fellow and $10K+ Senior Fellow) was established to elevate giving by science alumni and honors donors. Over 200 contributed at these levels in support of science center and form an excellent nucleus of prospects for sustained support of the sciences.

Results were demonstrable energy in the sciences, broad engagement, volunteer leadership through Dean’s Council, active participation at symposium by faculty, alumni and students, new research and internship opportunities for faculty and students, over 200 Science Fellow donors, $18 million toward the $15 million challenge and new model for affinity fund raising for other academic programs.