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NAMING & ENDOWMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Davidson College would not be the institution it is today without the generous support of alumni, parents and friends. Moving forward, Davidson will continue to attract the best and brightest students and faculty through competitive scholarship offerings, innovative programming, leading curriculum development, and unrivaled facilities. In this section you will find information on some of the key priorities for Davidson. Other areas that provide opportunities for involvement at the naming or endowment gift levels include, but are not limited to, the Davidson Research Initiative, the Davidson Impact Fellows program, Residence Hall projects, and visual, literary, and performing arts. Please consider how you may contribute to the Davidson experience.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Ongoing support for The Davidson Trust, the college’s scholarship and financial aid program, is critical in recruiting the most qualified students to Davidson. Davidson is committed to attracting the most talented scholars regardless of their financial background. We remain steadfast in our commitment to need-blind admission practices. In building a community of outstanding scholars, Davidson continues to seek scholarship funding for students with exceptional talents (including academic merit and athletic merit) as well as for those who will need financial assistance. Full cost endowed scholarships can be funded at $1.1 million, and there are opportunities to support scholarships at other levels. Please contact us to learn more.

Academic Neighborhood

When The Duke Endowment announced a $45 million gift to Davidson College in October 2012, the largest gift ever to the institution, a plan for increased collaboration and transdiscplinary study was set into motion. The time came to reimagine how students and faculty conduct research, how they learn and how they engage with the community around them. The Academic Neighborhood plans call for a restructuring of the main academic portion of campus to create spaces that foster new methods of learning. Six buildings will be expanded, renovated, or constructed over the next decade to create a “neighborhood” with flexible spaces and common areas that encourage the exchange and generation of ideas across conventional academic boundaries—between departments, between disciplines, and between the arts and sciences. Faculty and staff will be grouped in these facilities by the resources they need and their potential interactions with others. The new building, as currently planned, will include up to 20 teaching laboratory spaces, 34 research labs, 47 faculty offices, shared faculty and student common areas and five learning environments for lectures, presentations and group discussions. An open forum or atrium will provide a gathering place for the campus community and encourage collaboration among faculty, students and staff. Naming opportunities are available and range from $50,000 to $10 million. A visit to the Academic Neighborhood website will provide detailed information about the project, a video showcasing campus perspectives and a fly-through tour of the architectural plans. For additional information or to discuss a naming gift, please contact Kelly Knetsche, Campaign Manager, at 704-894-2017 or keknetsche@davidson.edu.

Research

Undergraduate research is an important part of Davidson’s effort to facilitate our students’ “transition to impact,” the leap from learning in the classroom to working in the world beyond Davidson. Davidson does this by giving students an opportunity not only to study, but to implement what they study, through original, guided work under faculty supervision. This sort of opportunity has historically been common in graduate schools, but a rarity for undergraduates. Our goal is to make it the norm at Davidson, and a national model. Unlike much graduate research, however, students are not merely doing fact checking, running tests, or collating results to support a supervisory professor’s research. Davidson research projects are student-originated, and the student is the lead researcher with a Davidson faculty member serving as advisor and mentor. Nor are all Davidson projects limited to the hard sciences – topics encompass the whole range of disciplines at Davidson. Many are transdisciplinary, reflecting the growth of new fields like computational biology and neuroscience which partake of insights from multiple fields. This type of hands-on original research and creative work is where liberal arts students, with their broad perspectives, often have advantages over students with a narrower or more rigidly pre-professional focus. Additionally, students are encouraged to present the results of their work at regional or national meetings within their discipline and to publish the results when possible. With publication and research experience that builds upon a portfolio of original work, students gain a head start toward graduate school and medical and scientific careers. Likewise, Davidson is investing in faculty enrichment. Support for faculty research, travel, professional development and education will allow Davidson professors to remain at the top of their field and bring that knowledge and expertise to their teaching. By investing in faculty support, research and the creation of new professorships in strategic areas, Davidson will attract teacher-scholars who lead lives of inquiry, expand our curriculum, and perpetuate the environment where students can become colleagues in the quest for new knowledge.

Professorships

In order to maintain and build upon the exceptional level of teaching that takes place at Davidson College, it is critical to have a dynamic, growing faculty. New faculty positions in strategic areas are necessary to attract teacher-scholars who embrace Davidson’s purpose, lead lives of inquiry, expand our curriculum, and perpetuate an environment where students can become colleagues in the quest for new knowledge. Endowed professorship funds play an important role. Full professorships can be endowed at $2.5 million, and there are opportunities to support faculty positions at other levels.

GIVING SOCIETIES

Without our most generous and loyal donors, Davidson would not be the place it is. Our donors enable us to implement exceptional programs and initiatives that prepare our students to live lives of leadership and service. In appreciation, Davidson honors our generous and loyal donors through induction into the following giving societies.

Ne Ultra Society

The Ne Ultra Society was created in 1972 by the college’s Board of Trustees to honor those who make exceptional gifts to Davidson. The Ne Ultra Society recognizes donors contributing gifts of $2,500 or more during the fiscal year. In recognition of our generous donors, Davidson has created five leadership giving circles.
  • Ne Ultra: $2,500-$9,999
  • Cum Laude: $10,000-$24,999
  • Magna Cum Laude: $25,000-$49,999
  • Maxima Cum Laude: $50,000-$99,999
  • Summa Cum Laude: $100,000 and above

Young alumni gifts are also recognized at the Ne Ultra Level.

  • Classes of 2007-2011: $1,250 and above
  • Classes of 2012-2016: $750 and above

Founders Roundtable Society

The Founders Roundtable Society recognizes those who have made lifetime commitments to the college of $100,000 and above. The President’s Circle of the Founders Roundtable celebrates those who made lifetime commitments of $1 million or more, as follows:
  • Cum Laude: $1,000,000-$2,999,999 lifetime giving
  • Magna Cum Laude: $3,000,000-$4,999,999 lifetime giving
  • Maxima Cum Laude: $5,000,000-$9,999,999 lifetime giving
  • Summa Cum Laude: $10,000,000+ lifetime giving

Fideles Society

The Fideles Society was introduced in 2004 as means to honor the most loyal supporters of Davidson. Fideles literally means “the loyal ones” and the giving society recognizes longstanding commitment to the college. Donors automatically become Fideles Society members after making gifts to Davidson for five or more consecutive years.

Maxwell Chambers Society

The Maxwell Chambers Society bears the name of this early benefactor whose bequest set the college on a new course, and for whom the Chambers Building was named. This society allows Davidson to thank friends who have notified Davidson of their plans for future support through their estates.

For more information on Giving Societies, please contact: Katie Davidson, Director of Donor Relations, 704-894-2688.