Giving Opportunities

Gift Designation

Donors may designate their gift to a specific area of need. They may also designate how the gift in stipulated ranges is named, or if they wish to remain anonymous. The following defines the five areas of need: Student Scholarships, Faculty Support, Academic Program Support, Capital Improvements, and the President's Fund.

Student Scholarships

Donors may designate their gift to student scholarships and may specify the award criteria, such as: undergraduate and/or graduate student; full time and/or part time student; academic excellence; financial need; major; and profession to be pursued. Scholarships are vitally important in order to attract and retain increasing numbers of excellent and diverse students by providing much needed financial aid.

Gift amount

  • There is no minimum amount required for donation designated for the College's General Scholarship Fund or the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
  • $250 is the minimum gift amount required for scholarships named by the Donors. It may be a one-time gift or a pledge of an annual gift of $250.
  • $10,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed scholarship.

Naming Opportunities

  • Scholarships may be named in honor of the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones.

Faculty Support

Donors may designate their gift to support faculty salaries and specify the academic program, such as Education, Special Education, Business, Science, and the Arts, or even the field of study, such as History, Theology, Music, Art, and Biology. Faculty support is essential for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified professors and to maintain a desirable ratio of faculty to students that allow for close interaction and maximum learning.

Gift Amount

  • There is no minimum amount required for a donation designated for faculty support in a specific area.
  • $25,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish a faculty endowed fund designated for a specific purpose.
  • $500,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed professorship.
  • $1,000,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed chair.

Naming Opportunities

  • Endowed professorships or chairs may be named in honor of the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones.

Academic Program Support

Donors may designate their gift to an academic area, program, project, or field of study. Academic program support is needed to strengthen and enhance teaching and learning opportunities for students and faculty. Gifts provide funding for a number of needs, such as visiting professors and/or lecturers, travel expenses for students and faculty to attend regional and national academic conferences, student participation in community service internships, or to allow faculty to participate in workshops to learn new teaching methods.

Gift Amount

  • There is no minimum amount required for a donation designated for a specific Academic Program.
  • $50,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed academic program fund.

Naming Opportunities

  • Endowed academic funds may be named in honor of the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones.

Capital Improvements

Donors may designate their gift for the purchase of equipment, such as computers, or they may designate where it is to be invested, such as the library. Capital improvements enhance teaching, learning and administrative facilities. The needs are varied and include the library, computer laboratories, science laboratories, classrooms, media centers, renovation of the existing building, and construction of new facilities.

Gift Amount

  • Unrestricted donations to the Annual Fund support capital improvements.
  • $100,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed capital improvement fund designated for a specific area, such as the library, science or computer laboratories.

Naming Opportunities

  • New construction, renovations, or retrofitting of an existing area of the College may be named for the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones, based on the following gift criteria:
  • The minimum gift amount required to name an existing building is one-half of the total cost of the renovations.
  • The minimum gift amount required to name a new building is one-half of the total construction costs.
  • The minimum gift amount required to name a particular area of the College -- such as a classroom, laboratory, conference room, student area, auditorium or cafeteria -- is the total cost of the renovations and/or retrofitting.

President's Fund

Gifts to the President's Fund are used at the discretion of the President of Silver Lake College. Donations to the President's Fund are vitally important for they give the President the opportunity to address unexpected and urgent expenses related to student education, academic programs and/or community outreach.

Gift Amount

  • There is no minimum gift amount required for a donation designated for the President's Fund.

Naming Opportunities

  • Are not applicable to the President's Fund.