Honor, commitment, service, leadership, friendship, discovery…all facets of the Converse College education and experience. Since its founding, the Converse experience has been enriched by the gifts of generous alumnae, parents, friends, trustees, faculty, staff, community leaders, corporations and foundations who believe in the value of a Converse education.
Our Giving Societies celebrate the College’s most dedicated and generous donors.
Membership in a Lifetime Giving Society is Converse’s most prestigious recognition for the generosity of donors who have a vital role in sharing the College’s future. Membership is based on cumulative giving over time.
Wilson Society: $1,000,000
The first President of Converse College, the Reverend Benjamin Franklin Wilson (1890-1902), is credited for building one of the finest colleges in our country whose every effort was to guide, help, strengthen and enlighten. One student said upon hearing of the beloved President’s retirement, “You are the College; its very life and soul.”
Pell Society: $500,000 – $999,999
President Robert P. Pell (1902-1932) is recognized for building up the College’s physical plant, endowments and academic standards during his 30-year term, which also saw the education of over 3000 students. Dr. Pell’s departing words were “please remember that my interest in the College deepens every day.”
Gwathmey Society: $250,000 – $499,999
President Edward M. Gwathmey (1933-1955) is remembered for his unusual sense of beauty as evidenced on the campus, his wisdom in selecting faculty, his effective administrative organization and for leaving the college free from general indebtedness. His parting words still ring true today “God bless you and help you to build a better future for Converse College which we all love.”
Carmichael Society: $100,000 – $249,999
President Oliver C. Carmichael, Jr. (1956-1960) was a forceful leader who brought Converse from the background to the forefront of American education with his untiring zeal and genius for organization and long-range planning. During the short space of four years, he orchestrated the tripling of the College’s assets. Upon his retirement announcement, Mrs. T. Kenneth Cribb (Dicksie Brown, B.A., 1946) stated in a Converse College Alumnae Association resolution “Every alumna owes to Dr. Carmichael a debt of gratitude and a heartfelt vote of thanks for the inspiration, enthusiasm, and unrelenting energy he has devoted to the task of forwarding our College in educating and equipping her many students.”
Coleman Society: $50,000 – $99,999
President Robert T. Coleman, Jr.’s (1961-89) tenure leading the College can be summed up in two words: Expansion and Change. President Coleman, who oversaw decades of new construction and enrollment increases, including a more ethnically diverse and service-minded student body, was a visionary who realized Converse would need increased loyalty and generous financial contributions from alumnae, parents, friends, and educational foundations. His rally call to alumnae then, as it is now, is “on increasing support in recruitment of students and annual giving.”
Presidential Society: $25,000 – $49,999
Honoring the leadership of Dr. Ellen Wood Hall (1989-1993), Dr. Sandra C. Thomas (1994-1998), Nancy Oliver Gray (1999-2004), Dr. Elizabeth Anne Fleming (2005 -2016) and Krista L. Newkirk (2016 to present) who hold the distinction of being the first female Presidents of Converse College. Each has faithfully upheld the principles of the institution, cherishing and guarding the traditions and keeping the honor of Converse College forever sacred.
Miss Gee Legacy Society
The Miss Gee Legacy Society is comprised of those wishing to leave a lasting legacy to Converse by including the College in their will or by making a planned gift. Learn more about the Miss Gee Legacy Society and how you can be included.
Annual giving societies recognize donors who contribute to Converse within a given year.
Your ongoing support of the Converse Annual Fund helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Converse education by funding scholarships, programming, campus maintenance, and providing critical operational support.
The Leadership Society
The Leadership Society recognizes Converse donors who invest $1,000 during a fiscal year, helping Converse to empower students with the voice, value and vision to effect positive change in the world.
The Purple and Gold Society
The Purple & Gold Society recognizes annual donors who give in the last three (or more) years consecutively. Converse thanks you all for consistently supporting our students and the unique educational experience they receive on this campus.
The Valkyries Club
The Valkyries Club is the official booster organization of the Converse Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. As a member, you will join a host of enthusiastic Valkyries supporters including everyone from Converse alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff to area businesses and friends of Converse. Your membership is crucial in providing financial support for student-athletes.