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Today’s students are grateful for so many things that make Albright College their home away from home.

However, what they are most grateful for is YOU! Without your support our students could not shine. Thank you for all you do and continue to do to help light their way.

Funds & Methods of Giving

The Fund for Albright

Through the sustained generosity of those who believe in Albright’s mission, year in and year out, The Fund for Albright provides the College with vital resources to create our dynamic and collaborative learning environment, promote innovative programming, and provide much-needed financial aid for our students.

Unrestricted gifts are the cornerstone of The Fund for Albright because they enable the College to direct resources to the areas with the greatest need. When you make a gift to The Fund for Albright, you provide critical support for:

Financial Aid: With the support of alumni and friends, Albright is removing the economic roadblocks that stand between young, bright minds and a high-quality liberal arts education. Each year, approximately 92 percent of Albright’s students receive financial aid, and gifts to The Fund for Albright help put the Albright experience within reach for these deserving students.

Dynamic Faculty: Albright faculty are committed to providing a stimulating educational environment that encourages excellence in research, scholarship, creative work and service to the community. The Fund for Albright provides resources that help make such experiential learning possible.

Student Life: At Albright, we understand that learning isn’t confined to the classroom. Gifts to The Fund for Albright support all aspects of student life, including extracurricular events, varsity and intramural sports, residential life, service to the community, and learning opportunities through more than 60 student-led organizations. These programs, events and organizations encourage cultural awareness, intellectual stimulation and social commitment while helping to prepare our students to pursue lives of responsibility within their communities.

Your support of The Fund for Albright brings us ever closer to fulfilling our mission “to inspire and educate the scholar and leader in each student, building on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and a commitment to the best of human values, fostering a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.”

External Grants Assistance for Corporations & Foundations

The Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations works with faculty and staff to provide information and assistance in the grant-funding process.

Along with researching funding opportunities, the director is responsible for monitoring all grant activity as well as ensuring compliance with College and federal regulations for all sponsored programs. The goal of the grants office is to support College initiatives and faculty research and projects.


Helpful Links

If you want to learn about grants or research foundations, here are some of the top places to search:

The Grants Office has access to multiple databases for researching funding organizations. Please contact the office for websites and passwords.


Step by Step Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to establish a proper flow of communication between all external and internal personnel involved in a grant-related project. The procedures are meant to aid you in receiving initial and repeat funding.  Please keep in mind that foundation, government agency and corporation timelines vary.  Although some funders may make their decision within weeks of submission, others take up to six months to decide.  Please plan your proposal timeline accordingly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charlene Wysocki, cwysocki@albright.edu, X7667.

First, complete the “Proposal Submission Form”.  This form requires signatures of all involved parties PRIOR to proposal submission.  This needs to be given to the Director two weeks before your deadline!  You must also complete a “Conflict of Interest” form as well.

Create a draft proposal, including budget, for review by the Grants Director and the Business Office. The Grants director can help match your proposal ideas to funders and later help decipher grant guidelines.  If your grant is awarded, the Grants Director will work with you and the Business Office to follow the established system of checks and balances.  This is to ensure all grant protocol is followed correctly and final reports are submitted accurately.  The Principal Investigator, Business Office, and the Grants Director will review the necessary items needed for reporting and acquisitions.  This may be accomplished via email.

The Principal Investigator will receive a restricted fund number from the Business Office for all purchase requests.

The Business Office needs a copy of each requisition concerning the funds used for your project.  (Business Office will also maintain a spreadsheet system to track all expenses related to the grant.  This allows for easy evaluation of the status of the grant, and will also aid in final reporting.  You will receive this monthly financial report.)

As the Principal Investigator, you will be responsible for submitting the narratives required by the granting agency.

If the grant is not funded, the Principal Investigator is encouraged to ask the funder for reviewer comments. The Grants Director will then work with the Principal Investigator on any recommended editing and resubmit the grant proposal either to the same funder or other possibilities.

Planned Giving

Contrary to some common beliefs, we assure you estate planning isn’t just for the wealthy. There are many ways to help pass along assets to family members, often with better results than you initially thought possible, while including your alma mater in the process.

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Ways to Give

There are many ways to support our mission, including donations of money, securities and planned gifts, as well as your time. No matter which method you choose, your gift will directly benefit the students of Albright by providing scholarships, classroom resources, campus facilities, special events, career opportunities and much more.


Gifts by Check

A personal check is a simple way to make a gift. Checks should be made payable to Albright College and mailed to:

Albright College
13th & Bern Street
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612


Gifts by Credit Card

Many alumni and friends choose to have their gift charged to a VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express account.  You may make a credit card gift online using our secure online donation form, or call 1-877-427-9756 to speak with the Office of Development.


Gifts by Electronic Transfer

Donations may be made by electronic transfer. To wire cash to the College’s account at Santander, you need the following information:

Wire Routing number:       231372691

Receiving bank name:      Santander Bank, N.A.

Receiving bank account:  7679890951

Name of bank account:     Albright College

Reference:                          (Name of Donor)

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Development at 610-921-7500.


Gifts via Securities/Mutual Funds

Thank you for considering a gift of securities in support of Albright College. The College works closely with Charles Schwab & Co. to provide both the College and our donors with the highest level of service. This relationship enables us to record your gifts and put them to work as quickly as possible. The brokerage account and detailed instructions for making gifts of securities are printed below.

We want this process to be as smooth, convenient and obstacle-free as possible. It is important that you or your broker call the Development Office at 610-921-7500 to inform us of your plan to make a securities or mutual fund gift to the College and indicate if the gift is unrestricted gift or is to be applied to a specific use or purpose.

Albright College Federal Tax ID Number:  23-135-2615

  1. Accounts and Contacts for Electronic Transfer
    All DTC-Eligible Securities:All deliveries MUST identify Albright College as the relevant Schwab client, and the Albright College Schwab account number: 3401-0012 DTC:  #0164 – Code 40
    Donor Name and AddressIn order to promptly and accurately credit a security gift to the appropriate donor, it is essential that the transfer instructions include the donor’s name and address. Without this information, we are occasionally unable to identify the donors of certain securities.
  2. Transfer Instructions
    1. Electronic Transfers:
      If the securities are held by your bank or broker and you are making the transfer electronically via Depository Trust Co. (DTC) system:

      1. Please contact the development office to inform us you are making a transfer by calling 610-921-7500.
        Knowing in advance that you intend to transfer securities minimizes the risk of delay.  In addition, if we are not aware of your intention to provide a gift of securities we may not be able to recognize you as the donor.
      2. Contact your broker and instruct him/her to transfer your gift via the DTC account listed above.
        NOTE:Please be advised that the recorded gift date for electronically transferred securities is based on the date and time it enters the College’s brokerage accounts. This date may or may not be the same day you instructed your broker to make the transfer. As there are several steps and persons involved, transfer times can vary from same day to up to five days. Delays are especially likely during certain periods, such as the end of the calendar year. The value of the gift is determined by the average of the high and the low prices of the security on the date of the gift.
    2. Certificates
      1. By Mail:
        If you hold the securities in certificate form, you may mail the securities and stock powers (one for each stock certificate) in separate envelopes to:
        Charles Schwab & Co.
        Attn: Transfer Accounts
        P.O. Box 52013
        Phoenix, AZ 85072All deliveries MUST identify Albright College as the relevant Schwab client and include the Albright College Schwab account number (3401-0012) and the donor name and address.Please be certain to have your signature(s) on the stock guaranteed by a certified bank officer and complete the section indicating the name of the stock, the number of shares, and the certificate number(s).The value is determined as the average high and low prices on the date of the gift, which is the postmark for documents sent through the U.S. Postal Service, or the date that we received the documents in all other cases. If the certificate and stock power are postmarked with different dates, the later date will be used.
      2. Hand Delivery or Delivered by Other Couriers:
        If the certificate is hand delivered to a member of the Albright College staff or sent by a courier other than the U.S. Postal Service, the value is determined by the average of the high and the low prices on the date of the gift, which is the date the College takes physical possession of either the certificate or the stock power, whichever is later.

 

Dividend Reinvestment or Closed-End Mutual Funds

All deliveries MUST identify Albright College as the relevant Schwab client and include the Albright College Schwab account number 3401-0012 and the donor name and address.

Issue a certificate for all whole shares, liquidate all fractional shares and discontinue dividend reinvestment.

Matching Gifts

Please contact Chris Werner, Gift Processor, at cmwerner@albright.edu or (610) 921-7864 for matching gift information.

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We Celebrate Our Donors

President’s Council

Albright College truly appreciates the generosity of our most loyal supporters. Alumni, parents and friends who contribute a minimum of $1,000 in a given year, including matching gifts, are recognized as members of The President’s Council, the College’s annual giving recognition society. Through their faithful support, President’s Council members help ensure Albright’s stature as a strong liberal arts institution and play a critical role in the future of the College.

Leadership annual gifts at the President’s Council level create a legacy of Albrightian support for current students as well as future generations. We invite you to join and celebrate in our tradition of giving through your membership in The President’s Council.


President’s Council Donor Recognition Levels

Millennium Society: $1,000 to $2,499
Cornerstone Society: $2,500 to $4,999
Heritage Society: $5,000 to $9,999
Centennial Society: $10,000 to $24,999
Masters Society: $25,000+


Young Alumni President’s Council

Alumni who have graduated in the past ten years are invited to become members of the Young Alumni President’s Council by giving $100 for every year since graduation. Graduates who contribute $100 or more toward the Senior Walkway Legacy Program during their first year following graduation automatically become members for that year.

For more information on President’s Council membership, please contact the Development Office at 610-929-6608 or e-mail Kathleen Sutton, Director of The Fund for Albright, at ksutton@albright.edu.

1856 Legacy Society

The 1856 Legacy Society, named to commemorate the founding of Albright College, plays an important role in enhancing Albright’s educational mission. The society is made up of Albright alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who have created planned gifts to benefit the College. Every member has generously agreed to provide the College planned gifts such as charitable bequests, remainder trusts, gift annuities, and life insurance proceeds.

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J. Warren Klein Society

The J. Warren Klein Society celebrates those individuals whose cumulative lifetime giving to Albright has reached or exceeds $100,000. Their exceptional and ongoing generosity makes a huge impact on Albright through scholarships, improved facilities, and support for the operating budget. These gifts sustain us in the present and enable us to plan for a stronger and brighter future.


Giving Circles & Corresponding Lifetime Giving Amounts

Gold Circle: $1 million and more
Silver Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
Bronze Circle: $100,000 to $499,999


Contact The Advancement Division

The Albright College Advancement Division is comprised of three departments: Alumni Relations, College Relations and Marketing, and Development.

Our Mission
“The Mission of the Advancement Division is to develop among Albright’s constituencies an improved understanding of the College’s purpose and accomplishments and thereby generate goodwill, voluntary financial support, and active promotion of the College’s mission.”

Advancement Office Staff (Administration)

Deborah M. McCreery, J.D.Deborah M. McCreery, J.D.
Vice President for Advancement
Phone: (610) 921-7501
E-mail: dmccreery@albright.edu

Sheila A. DaDamioSheila A. DaDamio
Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement
Phone: (610) 921-7501
E-mail: sdadamio@albright.edu

Laura ClemensLaura Clemens
Secretary for Advancement
Phone: (610) 921-7652
E-mail: lclemens@albright.edu

Alumni Relations Office Staff (Advancement Division)

No staff listed at this time.

College Relations and Marketing Office Staff (Advancement Division)

Jennifer P. StoudtJennifer P. Stoudt
Director of Publications / Editor, The Albright Reporter
E-mail: jstoudt@albright.edu

Hilary BentmanHilary Bentman
Manager of News and New Media
E-mail: hbentman@albright.edu

Gina FrenchGina French
Art Director
E-mail: gfrench@albright.edu

Heidi DerstlerHeidi Derstler
Graphic Designer
E-mail: hderstler@albright.edu

Scott HettingerScott Hettinger
Graphic Designer
E-mail: shettinger@albright.edu

Linda Mecca Green '08Linda Mecca Green ’08
Public Relations Assistant
E-mail: lmecca@albright.edu

David MarkowskiDavid Markowski
Web Manager
E-mail: dmarkowski@albright.edu

Development Office Staff (Advancement Division)

Charlene WysockiCharlene Wysocki
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Phone: (610) 921-7667
E-mail: cwysocki@albright.edu

Ralia C. Vardaxis '87Ralia C. Vardaxis ’87
Leadership Gifts Officer
Phone: (610) 921-7651
E-mail: rvardaxis@albright.edu

S. Andrew BaumbachS. Andrew Baumbach
Leadership Gifts Officer
Phone: (610) 921-7502
E-mail: abaumbach@albright.edu

Christy AgneseChristy Agnese
Director of Donor Relations and Special Projects
Phone: (610) 929-6728
E-mail: cagnese@albright.edu

Kathleen SuttonKathleen Sutton
Director of the Fund for Albright
Phone: (610) 929-6608
E-mail:ksutton@albright.edu

Amanda C. Walck '14Amanda C. Walck ’14
Assistant Director of The Fund for Albright
Phone: (610) 929-6786
E-mail: awalck@albright.edu

Jane WrightJane Wright
Advancement Information Services Administrator
Phone: (610) 921-7507
E-mail: jwright@albright.edu

Kevin ShoberKevin Shober
Director of Advancement Information Services
Phone: (610) 929-6730
E-mail: kshober@albright.edu

Jessica L. MorrisJessica L. Morris
Director of Prospect Management and Development Research
Phone: (610) 921-7552
E-mail: jmorris@albright.edu

Lori BonisLori Bonis
Development Secretary II
Phone: (610) 921-7505
E-mail: lbonis@albright.edu

Christine WernerChristine Werner
Coordinator of Gift Processing
Phone: (610) 921-7508
E-mail: cmwerner@albright.edu

Cheri BorelliCheri Borelli
Development Secretary I
Phone: (610) 921-7653
E-mail: cborelli@albright.edu