Established by the Board of Trustees in 1969, the Roanoke College Associates program exists to recognize and honor individuals and corporations who have made generous investments in the College. For 42 years, Roanoke College has relied on the support of those who share an appreciation for its rich history and promising future -- the Associates.
Associate membership is attained by contributing $1,000 or more in one fiscal year, July 1 through June 30. Sustaining members are those who gave a gift of $25,000 or more in a fiscal year prior to 1993.
Collegiate Associates contribute at least $2,500 in a fiscal year; Heritage Associates give gifts of $5,000 or more and Founders Associates contribute a minimum of $10,000 during a year. Benefactors in The Bittle Society support the College with at least $25,000 in annual contributions while Lifetime Distinguished Associates are members who have cumulative giving of $250,000 or more. Although Sustaining and Lifetime Distinguished Associates are members for life, those members are encouraged to contribute to the Roanoke Fund each year in order to maintain the strength of Roanoke College.
Associates who contribute a cash gift of $10,000 or more to the unrestricted Roanoke Fund are recognized with a personalized and dated brick paver laid in the College's Founders Circle. Associates who contribute a cash gift of at least $5,000 to the unrestricted Roanoke Fund are recognized with the same style brick paver laid in the Heritage Walk. An Associate gift may be contributed to the unrestricted Roanoke Fund for use in meeting the annual educational operating expenses at the College, or it may be designated for a specific purpose. Gifts accepted for Associate membership include cash, securities, bequests, gifts-in-kind, insurance, deferred gifts, or other property.
The 2013-2014 Associates
The Associates membership totaled 736 members for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Of these, 122 individuals and corporations were new members. In total contributions - including those to the Roanoke Fund - the Associates made gifts of more than $7.1 million. Roanoke College extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to this leadership group. Their dedication, vision and generosity ensure that Roanoke remains Classic for Tomorrow.