Senior Class Gift Campaign

  • Darci Jaret and artists holding a piece of art they made at the Con Ed I site Restoration ATL.

  • Candler students led a die-in to protest the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.

  • Graduating seniors and conversation partners sharing laughter over lunch. L-R: Larry Gipson, Van Lal Sawma, and Chung Man Li.

  • Daphne Creasman and Taylor Claire Bean dance at a Con Ed I site RATL Coffeehouse event.

  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited Candler as a guest of the Baptist Studies program in 2015.

  • Candler students relaxing after a hike up Stone Mountain. L-R: Larry Gipson, Laquaan Malachi, Autumn Krueger, Katya Nemecova.

Senior Class Gift

The Senior Class Gift campaign invites the Class of 2017 to begin building a legacy of alumni engagement and philanthropic giving by making their first donation to Candler School of Theology. All seniors are encouraged to give $20.17 or more to commemorate their graduation year. Make your gift by March 20 to attend the Faculty Happy Hour on March 28 at 5 p.m. at the Carlos Museum.

Why Should I Give?

The Senior Class Gift is your first step into the community of Candler alumni. After years of growth and new experiences, it's a chance to begin building a legacy of commitment that will benefit future students. Your gift provides meaningful support that can change lives—those of students and those of the people they will serve as they follow God’s call.

Where Does My Gift Go?

Designate your class gift to an area of Candler that you are passionate about. You can designate your class gift to any of the many scholarships and endowments that Candler has established. Here are a few:

  • Theology School Fund for Excellence
  • The Fund for Justice and Inclusion
  • YTI Program
  • Erskine-Smith-Moseley Scholarship Endowment
  • Episcopal Studies Program
  • Black Church Studies
  • Baptist Studies Program
  • Annual Women's Forum

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There is also a place to give in Honor/Memory of once you’ve decided what fund you would like to support. You can give in honor of:

  • Your scholarship donor
  • Student program
  • Con Ed supervisor
  • Professors (present and past)
  • Your home church

Giving Opportunities

Theology School Fund for Excellence – Every dollar of the Theology School Fund for Excellence goes toward student financial assistance, directly affecting our cultivation of the next generation of ministers and public theologians.

The Fund for Justice and Inclusion – The Candler Fund for Justice and Inclusion (the Fund)  provides financial resources in support of student-led efforts that seek to help the Candler community fully honor its stated core commitments—especially commitments of honoring the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-nonconforming and queer individuals.

YTI Program- Candler’s Youth Theological Initiative focuses on developing theologically-grounded, socially-conscious ministries with youth and young adults, by educating and preparing youth ministers, and leading a summer program for high school students to engage in justice-seeking theological education

Erskine-Smith-Moseley Scholarship Endowment - Erskine-Smith-Moseley Scholarship Endowment, in honor of three of the school’s first African American faculty – Noel Erskine, Luther Smith and Romney Moseley, was established in order to provide students of the school’s Black Church Studies Program with scholarships and stipends to support their theological *Heritage Ball tickets count towards this designation.

Episcopal Studies Program - Candler's Episcopal Studies program is a fellowship dedicated to equipping students for ministry in The Episcopal Church and all the churches in the Anglican Communion. 

Black Church Studies - Candler’s Black Church Studies program prepares men and women to provide learned, prophetic and compassionate leadership in black and multiracial churches; and educates the entire Candler community about the origins, development and contemporary diversity of the black church tradition.

Baptist Studies Program - Candler’s Baptist Studies program prepares men and women for ordination in the Baptist church, with courses on Baptist history, theology and practice, plus fieldwork in church and ministry settings.

Eiesland, Nancy Endowment - The Dr. Nancy Eiesland Endowment for Disability Studies supports scholarly activities to encourage and promote interdisciplinary scholarship in disability studies, including annual lectures or conferences.

Theology Library Gifts - Your gift to Pitts Theology Library helps it acquire additional materials and so enhances its ability to offer scholars and students at Emory and beyond access to the most important ancient and modern theological resources.

Annual Women's Forum - Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program educates women and men to be transformative leaders and advocates for the well-being of girls and women in the church and in the world, through education, vocational formation and advocacy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHY SHOULD I GIVE?

When you invest in Candler, you are helping the school build upon its clear strengths in educating active religious leaders and first-rate scholars. Your gifts help Candler lead with wisdom, clarity, compassion and tolerance the urgent conversations among the streams of Christianity and with other religions of the world.

More than 80 percent of degree-seeking students receive a Candler scholarship. Your gifts count. Every gift counts.

WHERE DOES MY GIFT GO?

Designate your gift to an area of Candler that you are passionate about. You can designate your class gift to any of the many scholarships and endowments that Candler has established. Here are a few:

  • Theology School Fund for Excellence
  • YTI Program
  • Erskine-Smith-Moseley Sch Endow
  • Episcopal Studies Program
  • Black Church Studies
  • Baptist Studies Prog
  • Annual Women's Forum

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There is also a place to give in Honor/Memory of once you’ve decided what fund you will support. You can give in honor of:

  • Your scholarship donor
  • Student Program
  • Con Ed Supervisor
  • Professors (Present and Past)
  • Your home church

WHY DOES MY GIFT MATTER?

Strong senior and alumni participation in annual giving is a valuable measure of Candler pride and satisfaction. It is also a factor in college rankings and the amount of financial support the university receives from foundations.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?

The Senior Class Giving Committee encourages you to make a gift that is meaningful to you. Whether that is $5 or $500, every gift counts! We recommend a gift of $20.17 to honor your senior class.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact us:

Nefertiti M. Williams
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
nefertiti.williams@emory.edu 
404.727.4482


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Meet the Committee

SENIOR CLASS GIFT COMMITTEE

Senior Class Gift Committee members serve and represent Candler’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations by educating fellow students about the importance of philanthropy and by inviting the senior class to begin their tradition of giving back to the Candler.

CO CHAIRS

Samaria Divine
Larry Gipson
Richard Weinberg

COMMITTEE

Marissa Akery
Yeeun Bae
Nikki Baten
Taylor Bell
Mary Bingham
Mary Elizabeth Clark
Matt Erdel
Isaac Bernard Horwedel
Darci Jaret
Angie Johnson
Ebo Quainoo
Sarita Smith
Kelsey Spinnato
Karen Sawyer
Calvin Taylor
Ruth Ubaldo
Ashley Will
Kyle Wilton


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Honor Roll

Donors will be listed here and in the Commencement program.

Check back and see who made this list!


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"As a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Ukraine, I began my theological education with little financial resources, such that the scholarships I received helped immensely during my studies."
-Larry Gipson, 17T Senior Class Gift Co-Chair
"As a co-chair of the Senior Gift Campaign, I hope to give back to students who might be unsure of where this road may lead, yet are committed to answering God's call in Candler's challenging and diverse environment."
-Samaria Divine, 17T Senior Class Gift Co-Chair
"I'm honored to serve as a co-chair of this year's committee particularly out of a desire to help celebrate Candler's diversity and to challenge us always to strive for ways to become even more inclusive of LGBTQ and other minority students."
-Richard Weinberg, 17T Senior Class Gift Co-Chair