The Bethany Annual Fund

The Bethany College Annual Fund supports the academic, athletic, fine arts and extracurricular programs that create the total Bethany experience. Annual, unrestricted giving is vital to teaching, service to students, and opportunities for student leadership.

Tuition does not cover all costs. Bethany depends on personal, foundation and corporate gifts to maintain a healthy budget and a strong future. Annual gifts from alumni, parents and friends of the college enable Bethany to maintain its commitment to excellence in education.

Every Gift Makes a Difference. The Annual Fund provides vital support to current operations. Scholarships, library books, laboratory equipment and materials, student services, and campus maintenance are just a few of the areas that depend on your gifts to the Annual Fund.

Maximize the Impact of Your Annual Gift
Many organizations and businesses offer matching programs to help maximize the impact of your gift. Check with your place of employment about their corporate matching gift program, or look at opportunities available through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Designated Gifts

  • Do you live for the Messiah Festival each year?
  • Are you huge fan of Bethany sports?
  • Would you like to create a scholarship in honor of someone you love or admire?
  • Have you always wished Bethany had a chapel in the middle of campus?

You can designate a current or planned gift to these or any other program or project you feel passionately about.


Giving Societies

Annual Fund giving societies, recognizing total gifts during a single fiscal year, include the:

  • Golden Circle, for gifts of $10,000 and above
  • Directors’ Club, for gifts of $5,000 to $9,999
  • Silver Circle Club, for gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
  • President’s Club, for gifts of $1,000 to $2,499
  • Founder’s Club, for gifts of $500 to $999
  • Heritage Club, for gifts of $250 to $499

The Stan Talbott Society

The Stan Talbott Society recognizes people who have made a long-term commitment to supporting Bethany College. Membership is earned by those who makes gifts to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years, and is maintained by continued annual giving. The society is named in honor of Stan Talbott ’46, who served as Bethany’s alumni director for over 20 years.

The Carl Aaron Swensson Society

The Carl Aaron Swensson Society is a distinguished group of Bethany friends who provide generous financial support for the college.

Membership in the Carl Aaron Swensson Society, founded in 1994, is open to all alumni, parents and friends of Bethany who:

  • Include Bethany College in their will;
  • Designate Bethany College as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or transfer ownership of the insurance policy to Bethany College;
  • Establish a charitable gift annuity or a deferred payment gift annuity with Bethany College
  • Complete a trust agreement designating Bethany College as a beneficiary;
  • Transfer real estate to Bethany College through a life-estate agreement; or
  • Designate Bethany College as a beneficiary of their pension plan, IRA, 401K, 403B, or other retirement plan.

Membership in the Carl Aaron Swensson Society is also attained by making lifetime gifts to Bethany College totaling $25,000 or more. Lifetime donors are recognized at these levels:

  • The Nelander Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $25,000 to $49,999
  • The Bethania Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $50,000 to $99,999
  • The Founders Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $100,000 to $249,999
  • The Reaching Higher Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $250,000 to $499,999
  • The Legacy Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $500,000 to $749,999
  • The President’s Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $750,000 to $999,999
  • The Horizon Award for Lifetime Gifts totaling $1,000,000


Scholarships & Endowed Gifts

Establishing a scholarship is a deeply rewarding way of supporting Bethany College students. The primary purpose of a scholarship is to encourage students to pursue academic excellence. Scholarships also recognize the special abilities, interests, or individual characteristics of students. Because many Bethany students come from families with limited means, scholarships often make the crucial difference in a student’s ability to attend Bethany.

Annually funded scholarships

Annually-Funded Scholarships are given by donors to assist students with the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. Scholarships may be created in honor or memory of a specific family member, friend or faculty member. Annual scholarships begin at $1,000 and are made each year.

Endowed scholarships

Endowed Scholarships, a minimum investment of $10,000, may also be named by the donor. Earnings from your endowed scholarship will be used to fund a scholarship each year according to the criteria that you set. It may be unrestricted or you may restrict the scholarship to certain majors, specific geographical areas, academic standing, or some combination of factors. Award decisions are made by the college’s director of financial aid.

Other ways to give a gift to perpetuate family name, honor a special professor, friend, relative, or remember a loved one, include the following:

  • Endowed Professorships $250,000 minimum
  • Endowed Faculty Chairs $1 million minimum
  • Endowed Programs $1.5 million minimum

For more information, contact us at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8275.

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Advancement & Alumni Office

Office Presser Hall, first floor Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270
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