University Foundation News
Foundation Hosts Annual 1906 Event
The Georgia Southern University Foundation welcomed its 1906 Annual Giving Society members to campus with an event at the Bishop Alumni Center. More than 300 guests shared the evening while being treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing to music by Rhythm Nation.
Membership into the 1906 Annual Giving Society is based on annual gifts of $1,200 or more made during the fiscal accounting period July 1- June 30.
The need for annual support is essential as Georgia Southern continues to grow. Annual funds support programs and initiatives such as the marching band, botanic garden, student scholarships and other areas of need.
Society Members Gather Over Tuscan Cuisine
A joint gathering of Marvin Pittman Society and Soaring Eagles Legacy Society members celebrated a Southern Night in Tuscany as donors were honored for their support of the University. A cocktail reception was followed by dinner with a multi-course culinary demonstration of Tuscan cuisine. New inductees to both groups were introduced along with those whose Pittman Society designations were heightened in the past year. The event was hosted by Savannah television personality Jesse Blanco.
The Soaring Eagles Legacy Society is the Georgia Southern University Foundation’s giving designation for those who have chosen to leave a gift to the University through a bequest. Marvin Pittman Society membership is extended to contributors who have accumulated lifetime giving of $25,000 or more to Georgia Southern.
New Initiative Launched
Have you supported the Georgia Southern Foundation for two or more consecutive years?
If so, you are loyal — Georgia Southern loyal. Georgia Southern Loyal is a new initiative created to formally recognize donors who have given for two or more consecutive fiscal years to any program on campus.
“This special group of givers is the bedrock of our Annual Giving program,” said Gloria Goosby, director of annual giving. “Consistent giving is important because it allows the programs they support to effectively plan for the future. Georgia Southern Loyal is not about how much you give, but about the fact that we can count on you year after year.”
Consecutive year donors are automatically inducted and will remain members each year that they make a gift. At present more than 56 percent of givers are counted as Georgia Southern Loyal.
“Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact on the University’s ability to provide students with a quality academic experience,” said Goosby.