The phrase “Community of Mission” permeates all aspects of Harding University. Community supports one other. Our community begins with students, faculty, staff and administration who share a commitment to the mission of God. Our community also includes alumni, parents, and friends of Harding who share our same values and who believe in what happens in this special place. By giving to Harding, you can support this community of mission and help prepare our students to make a difference in their own communities and throughout the world.
This is the best way to give that impacts the broadest number of our students!
Gifts from donors reduce the cost of attendance by one-third and make it possible for many students who otherwise could not afford their Harding education to be here.
You make a difference in the future of Harding.
Use the contact info listed below or make a donation online.
We want you to join the President's Council! The PC members bring ideas, energy, and generosity to support our wonderful students. More specifically, this group serves the University in the following ways:
1) Goodwill ambassadors for Christian education at Harding University
2) Providing advice and counsel related to Harding's well-being
3) Encourage prospective students to consider Harding
4) Financially investing in our students for a brighter future
Founded in 1965 as a Christian service organization, Women for Harding has a rich heritage in providing need-based scholarships for freshman men and women at Harding. Each year, volunteers throughout the country work together on numerous projects to fund these scholarships.
Contribute to our current project, the First Ladies Garden:
Estate planning may be the most important act of stewardship any of us will ever undertake.
It is, at its core, the process of determining to whom we should transfer the stewardship of all that has been entrusted to us when we are called to step into eternity.
Join us in this important work and discover how you can make a difference.
As young alumni, you have the opportunity to contribute to the education of future Harding students.
Generation HU has designed a participation-based giving plan to give recent graduates a chance to become involved and to make a difference.
We want you to know that we need you, that every gift matters, and that staying involved with Harding is essential to its continued success.
Your gifts to Harding School of Theology form the foundation of the school’s financial stability. Without your support, our seminary’s important work of training ministry leaders would be diminished.
Help us make a difference through endowments, online gifts, estate plans and more.
Special Giving Events
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, we challenged our alumni, friends and students to help us reach a goal of $75,000 for need-based student scholarship assistance. We are very pleased to have raised $85,465 through gifts from 264 donors, including many current students. The money was raised through online gifts, credit card gifts over the phone, cash and checks. These gifts have given more students the ability to attend here and experience why it's great to be at Harding!
Past results:2014: 24K in a Day
Actual total: $54,845
2015: Gather to Give
Listed below are numerous general endowment opportunities available. These and many other funds may be named for your family, business or corporation. They may also be named in your honor as the donor or in honor or memory of a loved one. Such arrangements are completed through formal agreement between you and the University Advancement Office.
Gifts to Establish Faculty Endowment Funds
- $1,000,000 - Endowed Chair
for support of a distinguished professor
- $500,000 - Endowed Professorship
for the support of senior faculty
- $250,000 - Endowed Fellowship
for support of junior faculty
- $50,000 - Faculty Development and Enhancement
Gifts to Establish Student Endowment Funds
- $250,000 - Trustee Scholar Endowment
- $25,000 - Endowed Scholarship
While many of our donors are familiar with their company's matching gift programs, many others are not. There are two ways we have come up with to help our alumni and donors to discover if this is a possibility: (1) add information directly to our web site or (2) through a service which will link directly with our site. The second service is a fee service, so we want to try the first method first and the information listed is for possible future use only.
Matching Gift Programs
- Employer matching gift programs
- Ask Harding to see if your company will match a gift
- Partial alphabetical listing of companies that match employee contribution
Employers set up matching gift programs as a way to make charitable contributions to organizations that are important to its employees. Harding University receives more than $300,000 annually in donor-initiated matching gifts from corporations and foundations. These employer matching gift programs can double or sometimes triple your contribution to Harding.
Simple Steps to Secure a Corporate Match
- Obtain the form and necessary instructions from your personnel or human resources department.
- Complete the employee's section and sign the form.
- Send the form to:
Harding University's Advancement Office
Searcy, AR 72149
- We will complete our section and return it to the company.
Does your spouse work for a company with a matching gift program, too? If so, your efforts to obtain a second corporate match will be greatly appreciated.
- In some cases, companies will even match gifts from retired employees, spouses, or members of board directors.
- Many companies have matching gift programs. Matching gifts are a very important way in which you can enhance your charitable giving.
- Corporate matches usually double or even triple the benefit of your gift.You have an opportunity to direct you employer's philanthropic dollars to Harding.
Meet our Advancement Staff
The Advancement staff is here to serve you and answer your questions.
Center for Charitable Estate Planning
Director, Center for Charitable Estate Planning
Senior Planned Gifts Officer
Center for Charitable Estate Planning
Harding School of Theology
Questions on Giving
Why is Alumni participation so important?
Alumni participation is used as an indicator of alumni satisfaction by some college guidebooks and by foundations. Alumni who participate at any level are helping Harding's standing for student recruitment and fundraising.
Each year Harding is rated by such organizations as Peterson's and U.S. News and World Reports. Alumni giving percentages are noted and factored into the ranking process.
Perhaps the most critical reason for a high participation rate among alumni is that major foundations consider heavily the willingness of a university's own alumni to support a campaign as a primary key in grant making. These foundations state that they seek to help those institutions which are helping themselves through the support of grateful alumni, parents and friends.
What types of gifts are sought?
The four broad areas of giving are unrestricted, restricted, capital, and endowment gifts. Unrestricted gifts are always encouraged as they have the largest impact on the most students. At Harding, we call unrestricted gifts the “Harding Fund” as they help provide scholarships to need-based students. Restricted gifts are typically scholarships set up for students according to a set of criteria established by the donor. In other words, the donor typically restricts these funds according to their desires. Capital gifts relate to building and construction projects on campus. Endowment gifts are for the ongoing support of the university in which the principal is kept intact while the investment earnings are used as current gifts. These are typically the result of estate planning.
What are unrestricted gifts?
Unrestricted gifts support many academic needs. These change from year to year as the needs of the University and its schools change or opportunities emerge. These needs are basic to the operation of an institution of higher education and include primarily scholarships, but also faculty enrichment, program development, library acquisitions, administrative expenses, new equipment and improvements in facilities and grounds.
Will my company match my gift?
Many companies encourage their employees to contribute to their alma mater by matching their gifts. If your company has a matching gift program, help us take advantage of this opportunity by obtaining the form needed from the personnel office of your company. Please complete the form and return it to us with your gift record and count toward the level for recognition in the Donor Program.
Is my gift tax deductible?
The Harding University Annual Fund has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as fully qualified to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions solely in support of Harding University.
What is the fiscal year at Harding?
Our fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30. This may cause some confusion for donors as the tax year follows the regular calendar. New federal accounting standards require that we close our financial year exactly on June 30. Pledge payments of gifts which are received in July cannot be counted to the fiscal year which had just ended.
Can I specify where my gift will be spent?
Yes, but your gift might not count towards the Harding Fund. If you would like to restrict your gift to a specific purpose, you can simply make a note of it on the check or include a short note with your gift or pledge payment.
Also, certain corporations limit matching program funds if gifts are restricted. Please check with your company for any matching gift conditions before assigning restrictions to your gifts to Harding.