Carthage College is fortunate to attract a diverse population of talented, self-driven women, and through the 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration, we redoubled our commitment to them. Specifically, the initiative raised funds to support the following priorities:
New Estate Gifts from Women
As Carthage celebrated all that women have contributed to the College, we offered opportunities for some of those women to extend their Carthage ties beyond their life spans. Planned gifts through estate commitments, beneficiary designations, annuities, and other vehicles help ensure the strength and quality of our work for generations to come. Women who made this philanthropic commitment to Carthage are invited to join the Denhart Society. The Society now includes over 500 members whose combined estate expectancies total over $50 million.
Financial Aid for Women
Carthage awards more than $60 million in scholarships and financial aid to students every academic year. Financial aid helps us continue to attract students of unusual merit and enable those whose personal circumstances may prevent them from enrolling at Carthage to do so. Many donors contributed to existing scholarships and some established their own. Scholarships made in honor of a woman (women), to benefit women, or both contributed to our fundraising goals.
Non-endowed named scholarships can be established with an annual gift of $1,000 or more each year for four years. Annual scholarships provide direct funding for a student from their freshman to senior year.
An endowment gift is a permanent and personal way to make a difference in the lives of Carthage students. These funds exist in perpetuity and reflect a commitment to the future success of Carthage. By establishing an endowment, the donor ensures that his or her values and legacy become a permanent part of the College’s success. Donors can establish an endowed scholarship with a gift or pledge of $25,000 or higher.
Professional Development Opportunities for Women
In addition to providing financial aid for women through scholarships, the College raised funds to provide opportunities for female students in the areas of internships, study away (J-Term), leadership development, and entrepreneurship. These opportunities help develop Carthage women into the female leaders of tomorrow. Gifts made in honor of a woman (women), to benefit women, or both contributed to our fundraising goals.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, women who participate in sports have increased self-confidence and are more outgoing. These are women who may never have experienced these benefits if not for their experience on the court or field. Gifts in support of women’s athletics on campus help Carthage deliver the very best experience for our women athletes.