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The Harding Fund

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.

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Generation HU

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.

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Women for Harding

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 the our current project, the First Ladies Garden:

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Enhancing the Mission

Harding has not been and will never be content with simply meeting the status quo. Join us in our campaign and help us reach new heights of service.

Charitable Estate Planning

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.

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President's Council

The University seeks additional men and women for Council membership who demonstrate their interest in advancing the cause of Christian education and its potential impact on the world through their service to Harding University.

Bringing energy and generosity to the task, President’s Council members have a distinguished record of diligent service and faithful support.


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Harding School of Theology

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.

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Named Gifts

A primary objective of the Enhancing The Mission Campaign is to increase Harding's scholarship and endowment funds and to complete priority capital renovation and new construction projects as outlined in the case statement. 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

Matching Gifts

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

  1. Obtain the form and necessary instructions from your personnel or human resources department.
  2. Complete the employee's section and sign the form.
  3. Send the form to:
    Harding University's Advancement Office
    Box 12238
    Searcy, AR 72149
  4. 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.

Donor Programs

Donor Programs

President's Council

Bringing energy and generosity to the task, the President's Council at Harding University has provided nearly 40 years of diligent service and outstanding support to the University. As the University goes into a new millennium, the time is ripe for renewal and growth as the council expands its influence for service to Harding. The President's Council includes a select group of men and women who have committed themselves to supporting and advancing the mission of the University. In the following ways:

  • Functioning as goodwill ambassadors
  • Furnishing advice and counsel on matters of strategic importance
  • Contributing financial support and leadership, especially to the President's Council Scholarship Fund
  • Assisting in student recruitment and job placement
  • Identifying new Council prospects and working with Advancement staff in the recruitment process


Generation HU

Find out more at the Generation HU website.

 

Meet our Advancement Staff

The Advancement staff is here to serve you and answer your questions.

Mike Williams

Mike Williams
mwilliams@harding.edu

Vice President of University Advancement
Region: White County, AK, AR, HI

Steve LakeSteve Lake
lake@harding.edu

Assistant VP (AR,TX)
Ken Bissell

Ken Bissell
kbissell@harding.edu
Harding Fund Officer - South (TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, NC, SC)

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell
dgcampbell@harding.edu

Harding Fund Officer - Tennessee and East (CT, DE, FL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WV)

Brian Harrington

Brian Harrington
bharrington@harding.edu
Harding Fund Officer- Central (AR, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI)

David Underwood

David Underwood
dunderwood@harding.edu
Harding Fund Officer - West (AR, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, OK, OR, MT, ND, NM, NV, SD, UT, WA, WY)

Emily Smith

Emily Smith
ebsmith@harding.edu
Program Associate, The Harding Fund

Sarah Bobo

Sarah Bobo
sbobo@harding.edu
Young Alumni Associate, The Harding Fund

Center for Charitable Estate Planning

Ted Hackney

Ted Hackney
thackney@harding.edu

Director, Center for Charitable Estate Planning

Donald Kee

Donald Kee
dkee@harding.edu

Senior Planned Gifts Officer

Center for Charitable Estate Planning

Harding Graduate School of Religion

Larry Arick

Larry Arick
larick@hst.edu

Advancement Officer - Harding Graduate School of Religion
Region: Memphis

 

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?

We are seeking unrestricted donations to the University or to a specific school within the curriculum. We encourage each person to contribute faithfully each year in accordance with his or her means.

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.

Contact Us

Advancement Dept.

501-279-4312
advancement@harding.edu

Giving:
800-477-4312
advancement@harding.edu

Mail checks to:
Harding University
Advancement Office
Box 12238
Searcy, AR 72149-5615