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Leaders in Philanthropy

Carthage honors the philanthropic partnerships formed with our most committed donors who include the College in their giving plans in very significant ways.

Your partnership powers every aspect of education at Carthage College, from financial aid and internships to faculty and program support. Every gift makes a difference, and every donor is unique. Find the philanthropic society that matches your philanthropic goals. You can be a member of one, two, or all three societies.

Courtesies accorded to society members include special communications such as newsletters and advance notice of campus celebrations, invitations to exclusive events, recognition of your giving, and the assignment of a College representative to help coordinate your engagement with and philanthropic choices in support of Carthage.

Leadership Giving Society

Leadership Giving Society members give $1,000 or more cumulatively to any area of the College in the current fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30. Tiers within the society recognize higher levels of giving, and graduated giving levels are available for recent alumni. Membership is renewable annually. 
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  • Leadership Circle 
    • Member — $1,000-$2,499
    • Fellow — $2,500-$4,999
    • Sustainer — $5,000-$9,999
  • President’s Circle — $10,000-$24,999
  • Trustees’ Circle — $25,000-$49,999
  • Lincoln Circle — $50,000-$99,999
  • Founders’ Circle — $100,000+

Recent graduates can take advantage of special annual giving tiers allowing our young alumni access to the Leadership Giving Society. Recent alumni will be recognized at the Leadership Circle Member level in the printed honor roll of donors.
0-5 years after graduation: $250
6-10 years after graduation: $500

Annual contributions to anywhere in the College allow you to build your Carthage legacy year by year, supporting the areas of the College that matter most to you. Gifts to the Carthage Fund provide the greatest flexibility for the College to meet ongoing financial aid needs and curricular improvements. Your gifts to the department, student organization, or athletic team of your choice provide much-needed resources across campus. Be sure to renew your giving annually to maintain your status. Contact the  Office of Institutional Advancement at 800-551-1518 to check on your status. 

Enduring Gift Society

Enduring Gift Society logoEnduring Gift Society members have cumulative lifetime giving totaling $100,000 or more (exclusive of estate commitments). Tiers within the society recognize higher levels of giving. Membership is lifetime.

  • Platinum — $5 million or above
  • Gold — $1 million to $4,999,999
  • Silver — $500,000-$999,999
  • Bronze — $100,000-$499,999

To learn more about how to maximize your philanthropic impact for students and faculty at Carthage today and for generations to come through annual current-use, planned, or endowed gifts, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800-551-1518.

Alford Park Loyalty Society

Alford Park Society logo3Alford Park Loyalty Society members contribute any amount to the College for three or more consecutive fiscal years (July 1 through June 30). Tiers within the society recognize greater years of consecutive giving. These donors provide the College with the strong, consistent base of support needed to provide our students with funding, exceptional instruction, and world-class learning facilities. Membership is renewed annually or through a recurring gift commitment.

  • Member — 3-4 years of consecutive giving and new alumni who give in the first year following their graduation
  • Partner — 5-9 years of consecutive giving
  • Steward — 10-19 years of consecutive giving
  • Beacon — 20+ years of consecutive giving

Donors can immediately join the Alford Park Loyalty Society by making a recurring gift with a credit card or payroll deduction and pledging their support for three or more years. Call 262-551-5747 with questions.

Denhart Society

Denhart Society logoDenhart Society members have made Carthage a part of their legacy through estate commitments and through other planned gift vehicles. Membership is lifetime.

You can make a gift to Carthage through your estate while you are living by giving from your IRA, donor-advised funds, or real estate holdings as well as including the College in your will or trust plans.

See more about creating your Carthage legacy through estate planning or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800-551-1518.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …