Leadership Giving

Philanthropy was critical during the formative years of Bennington College and continues to nurture and sustain its unique character today. Here are just a few of the ways to make major philanthropic investments in Bennington.

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The Elizabeth J. Franklin Associates Society

The Elizabeth J. Franklin Associates Society, which includes all donors to Bennington College who give $1,000 or more per year, for any purpose, was conceived to offer leadership donors the opportunity to have a substantial effect on—and more directly share in—the life of the College.

Last year, Associate-level gifts accounted for approximately 86 percent of all dollars raised. These leadership donations provide Bennington with the necessary funding to attract and retain superior faculty, to offer outstanding and deserving students scholarship assistance, to introduce innovative educational programming, and to continue campus renewal efforts.

How Do I Become a Leadership Donor?

Join the Associates Society by making a gift at any one of the following giving levels. If you have questions or would like to discuss your giving options, please call 800-598-2979 or email Cindy Luce.

  • President’s Circle Associate ($25,000 and higher)
  • Patron Associate ($10,000–$24,999)
  • Sponsoring Associate ($5,000–$9,999)
  • Founding Associate ($2,500–$4,999)
  • Associate ($1,000–$2,499)

If you would like to join this group of donors but cannot make an outright gift at the Associate-level, consider making your annual gift in smaller installments throughout our fiscal year. Learn more about recurring gifts. To determine if your, or your spouse’s, employer will double—even triple—your gift, learn more about matching gifts.

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Pamela Murchie Mehr
Senior director of annual giving


Cindy Luce
Assistant director of annual giving





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