The Calvin Duncan Society: FAQs

Q: Why is a promise to make a gift to MC every year so important?

A: There are three main reasons why a lifetime annual giving promise is so important. First, Maryville College is healthy and vibrant for students today because many alumni throughout our 184 year history made the lifetime commitment to serve and give back. The Class of 2002 wanted to honor and increase the numbers of alumni that participate in that kind of lifelong connectedness. <> himself was a role model for alumni doing what they can for this great institution.

Second, by making a gift each and every year, you instantly help present-day Maryville College students with needed scholarship assistance, library resources, funding for work-study jobs, and other important areas that impact all students.

Finally, your annual gifts, no matter the amount, help keep Maryville College strong into the future. Your promise to make a gift each and every year allows your alma mater to make plans and advance for years to come.

Q: What is "alumni giving percentage"?

A: Alumni giving percentage is the percentage of all Maryville College alumni that make a gift of any size to the College in any year. The College has a goal of 50% alumni giving percentage - or half of all alumni making a gift to MC.

Q: How much do I have to give for my gift to count?

A: There is no minimum amount! Every gift, no matter the amount, counts to increase the college's national reputation.

Q: I understand how increasing the alumni giving percentage helps the College, but how does it help me as an alum?

A: When the College's alumni giving percentage increases, the ranking services that help enhance the College's national reputation will rate the College higher. In essence, your annual gift to MC - no matter the size - is your way to insure that your diploma will increase in value over time. As the College's reputation grows, so too does the value of your diploma.

Q: What are membership benefits?

A: As a CDS member, you will become eligible for Promise Awards. As you keep your Promise and make a gift each year, you will receive special Promise Awards at years 5, 10, 15, 25, 40, and 50. You will receive Special Recognition - in the President's Report each year, your gifts will receive special recognition as having come from a Calvin Duncan Society member. You will be helping to ensure that the value of your MC diploma will appreciate over time.