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Your Support Matters

Emory & Henry College relies on your support to continue to thrive. Your philanthropic gifts and loyalty to this incredible institution help provide the resources to support a new generation of outstanding students and the work of a superior faculty and staff.

Posted December 01, 2022

Spirit of Generosity

The generosity of alumni, families and other supporters makes a significant impact throughout the campus community. From academics to affordability, student life to workforce development–your gifts help empower this institution to continually provide a quality education.

There are many ways to give to Emory & Henry College, and each way provides a path for growth, sustainability and financial assistance for our students, academics and athletic excellence.

Thank you for your loyalty and continued support to Emory & Henry College!

During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, your donations and gifts provided one of the most successful fundraising years for Emory & Henry College.

  • $2,270,737 Unrestricted Giving
  • $330,329 I-HEY Contributions
  • $11,582,329 Restricted & Endowed Gifts
  • $14,183,395 Total Gifts for 2021-2022

Thank you for your extraordinary kindness.

Planned Giving: The Society of 1836

The Society of 1836 at Emory & Henry College recognizes those who have established wills and estate gifts through planned giving. The College is fortunate to have more than 150 alumni and friends who have joined the Society of 1836. Some of the most philanthropic and significant gifts of cash, stocks and property received have been given through planned giving.

The Emory & Henry Fund

The Emory & Henry Fund (the annual fund) is important to the vitality and strength of the College as unrestricted gifts allow the institution to focus resources where they are needed most. Your unrestricted gift to the College will be used to enhance the student experience in areas of academics, student life, athletics, community engagement opportunities, and scholarship.

Family of Funds

With the Family of Funds, contributors have the opportunity to support one of six areas meaningful to them. Providing more giving options and broader choices enables donors to direct charitable support to an area most meaningful to them.

Areas of Greatest Need & Opportunity

Donations will be directed to the College’s most pressing, urgent needs and promising opportunities as defined by the president.

Academic Core

Contributions support the five academic divisions of Emory & Henry (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, and Education) as well as the International Education Program and faculty development and research.

Academic Support

Gifts encompass direct support for areas such as the Frederick Thrasher Kelly Library, the Paul Adrian Powell, III Student Success Center, and educational technology improvements and upgrades to ensure student success.

Student Life

Support underwrites the Student Government Association and other important student-led organizations and clubs, student publications, community service organizations, security, the College’s Outdoor Program, intramural athletics and more.

Access and Affordability

Gifts benefit the general scholarship fund which provides financial support to students qualifying for scholarships and work-study assistance to supplement tuition and fees.


Contributions provide support for College projects that promote energy efficiency and the ethical stewardship of campus resources.

Patrick Henry Society

Patrick Henry Society

Patrick Henry Society Dinner Donors who contribute at the Patrick Henry Society level and above are invited to events annually, including a dinner hosted by President John W. Wells. This year, the Patrick Henry Society Dinner was held on Friday, October 28, in the Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center of the Arts. More than 100 of Emory & Henry’s most philanthropic community members came together to celebrate the achievements of the College and to receive an update on the many exciting happenings at Emory & Henry. Attendees were treated to special music provided by some of our top choral and student musicians.

The Society takes its name from Patrick Henry, patriot, orator of the American Revolution and Virginia’s first Governor. The Patrick Henry Society is composed of donors who contributed $1,775 or more to Emory & Henry during the fiscal year. The $1,775 honors the year Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Liberty or Death” speech.

Patrick Henry Society Associates Program

Patrick Dinner Society Dinner Alumni who graduated within the past 15 years become Patrick Henry Society Associate members with a fiscal year gift of $118 times the number of years since their graduation date. For example, if you graduated one year ago, you can become a member of the Patrick Henry Society for only $118. If you graduated 10 years ago, you can be in the PHS for only $1,180. To reach this giving level, young alumni can make monthly installments or a one-time gift.

To learn more about the Patrick Henry Society, visit:

I-HEY (I Help Every Year)

As an NCAA Division II institution, Emory & Henry College offers athletic scholarships to student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and in their sport. Private financial support is crucial for the operation of our robust athletics program. Unrestricted donations to I-HEY are used for the greatest need and the benefit of all student-athletes and the 26 varsity teams. Donors are also able to designate I-HEY contributions, should they desire their support to be directed to one of the specific teams.

Patrick Henry Society Dinner

Collective Connections Campaign

The Emory & Henry College Collective Connections Campaign for Regional Impact and National Reach will ensure we continue our tradition of excellence as Southwest Virginia’s oldest private institution of higher learning. This is your opportunity to play an active role in the growth of the College. Together, we will elevate the Emory & Henry experience for all students, enrich the on-campus experience in support of student success, encourage community engagement, enhance the visibility of Emory & Henry as a recognized destination along I-81, and embrace our nationally-recognized, high-caliber, high-performing Intermont Equestrian program and athletics program.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to make your gift to Emory & Henry College. Please visit our website to access giving online, mailing in a payment, Venmo, PayPal, matching gifts or to set up monthly drafts. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty to Emory & Henry College.

If you have any questions about giving, please contact the Office of Advancement at (877) 220-0342.


Giving Society and Donor Recognition

Emory & Henry is grateful for the remarkable generosity on the part of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends. To honor your generosity, Emory & Henry recognizes gifts at varying levels. The College community extends a hearty word of thanks to every person who is a member of one of these gift clubs. Membership is based on the total amount of your donation during each fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

  • Contributor Club: $1-$99
  • Spire Club: $100-$249
  • William Byars Club: $250-$499
  • Creed Fulton Club: $500-$999
  • Tobias Smyth Club: $1,000-$1,774
  • Patrick Henry Society: $1,775
  • Contributors Circle: $1,775-$2,499
  • Bronze Circle: $2,500-$4,999
  • Silver Circle: $5,000-$9,999
  • Gold Circle: $10,000-$24,999
  • Presidents Circle: $25,000 +

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