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winter 2018
2017 Advancement Report

2017 Advancement Report

3,954 donors give almost $30 million in support of Wofford students

Prior to walking across the stage at Commencement and becoming members of the Wofford College Alumni Association, the Class of 2017 established their legacy by making their first gifts to the college. They set a new senior class giving record of 65 percent and raised the bar for commitment to The Wofford Fund.

During 2017, donations to The Wofford Fund totaled $3,288,175, with $1,636,531 of that total raised in scholarships for student-athletes through the Terrier Club.

Gifts to The Wofford Fund support:

  • The Area of Greatest Need
  • Academic Scholarships
  • Athletics Scholarships through the Terrier Club
  • Faculty and Staff Development
  • Library and Technology
  • Student Experiences

During the past year, 94 percent of Wofford students received some form of financial aid. The Wofford Fund helps make that possible. Other resources for students and faculty come from planned gifts (see more on pages 14-17), endowed scholarship donations, corporations, foundations and the United Methodist Church. Giving to the college in 2017 totaled $29,964,778.

While raising funds is certainly a big part of the Office of Advancement's role at the college, Advancement staff also support Alumni Engagement, Parent Engagement and Lifelong Learning at Wofford, a program for older learners in our community. This past year the Office of Engagement and Annual Giving launched the online Wofford Book Club ( In addition, a dozen graduates met with students through The Space in the Mungo Center's Lunch and Learn Speakers Series.

For more information about giving priorities, an honor roll of contributors and ways you can get involved, visit 

“As a psychology major, technology and research play a critical role in my education. I'm grateful that I have abundant access to exceptional resources that aid in continued learning. Thanks to our donors, the technology available to Wofford students makes the classroom experience positive, informative and innovative!” - Resharia Keller ’18

“Wofford professors see their students as more than just learners or performers in the classroom, and they take the time to invest in students and form meaningful relationships.” – Will Randall ’19 

“We appreciate that Wofford has allowed us to have a true family experience while giving Will the independence and autonomy to make his own decisions. It is important for our student to see the sincerity of our active involvement, to realize our appreciation for his hard work and to have the support of us as parents as well as that of the wider Wofford community.” - Laura and Mark Davidson, parents of Will Davidson ’19 and chairs of the parents leadership council


by Ryann Kroske McCall ’13