Reunions are a great way to rekindle relationships, refresh memories and celebrate Wake Forest with those who truly understand what it means to be a Demon Deacon. They are a perfect opportunity to honor your connection to your class and to Wake Forest with a gift to any area of The Wake Forest Fund. Whether through an annual gift or multi-year commitment, Reunion campaign gifts celebrate the education you received while ensuring that the Wake Forest experience will endure for future generations.
All gifts to The Wake Forest Fund will count toward the campaign, with the highest priority on unrestricted undergraduate support. Gifts made between July 1, 2015 and Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2016 will be included in your class gift totals, which means you have the opportunity for gifts from two fiscal years to count in your class campaign. All gifts to Wake Forest are greatly appreciated but during a reunion year your class is focusing attention on unrestricted annual giving that support the vital areas of academics, faculty excellence and the student experience. Gifts to restricted or endowed funds are very much appreciated but are not included as part of the class gift.
Giving is a personal decision. If you are able, please consider a reunion gift at the leadership level which will qualify you for membership in The Wake Forest Fund Giving Societies. Consider making a multi-year commitment at a Giving Society level. Five year pledges offer steady support for the University and the entire pledge amount counts towards your class goals.
More importantly, it is your participation in the reunion campaign that indicates the impact Wake Forest has had on your life, whether it was financial aid that allowed you to attend, professors who challenged you intellectually, alumni networks that provided career and community opportunities, or the enduring life-long friendships that you treasure. Every class has a participation goal, and no one can make your gift for you. Remember if both you and your spouse are in a reunion class, your one gift will count for two! The perfect gift is the one that you make.
Annual giving is one of the University’s top fund-raising priorities and plays a critical role in enhancing the quality of education at Wake Forest. The Wake Forest Fund is an unrestricted fund that supports the University’s most immediate initiatives, allowing Wake Forest to act quickly to seize opportunities through the year. For questions or more information, please contact Emily Cockerham (’90) (firstname.lastname@example.org ), director of Reunion Programs, toll free at 800.752.8568 or locally at 336.758.5819.
One of the many privileges of a Wake Forest Education is that it never has to end. Alumni who have reached their 50th reunion have the option of giving to the reunion campaign through an outright cash gift that will meet the University’s current needs or through a planned gift that will grow over time. For more information on planned giving opportunities, please contact the Planned Giving Office at 800.752.8568.
All reunion gifts are recognized during the campaign. Gifts are recognized once in May for everyone who made a gift July 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 in an Honor Roll preview and then in a final Honor Roll after the conclusion of the campaign Homecoming weekend.
If you work for a matching gift company, you may be able to double or even triple the value of your gift. Forms are available through your company’s human resources department. Please check with your employer regarding when matching gift requests are processed as some companies match upon receipt while other only match once a year. Matching gifts need to be received by Homecoming of your reunion year in order to count in the campaign total.