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Senior Gifts

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What is the Senior Gift?

The Senior Gift is an opportunity for graduating seniors to give back to the Lewis & Clark community and support the education of current and future students. Philanthropy is a long-standing tradition at Lewis & Clark and this is our first act as alumni of the college. This year, the Senior Gift will be going to the Annual Fund because that way, our gifts will be used in areas that it’s needed most. 

What is the Annual Fund?

Since tuition covers only about 75% of the cost of education at Lewis & Clark, the college depends partly on the Annual Fund to cover the gap. Gifts to the Annual Fund benefit students immediately, supporting L&C’s highest priorities and most critical needs by: 

  • Funding Scholarships.
  • Retaining and recruiting superb faculty.
  • Sustaining innovative academic and community enrichment programs. 

Best of all, you may designate your Annual Fund gift to a area of support that is most important to you, such as financial aid, a specific academic department, a sports team or the overseas program. Additionally, you can make your gift in honor of a professor, staff member or parent. They will receive a note indicating that you gave in their honor; this is a great gesture to thank them and show your appreciation for their support during your time here at L&C.

For more information about the Annual Fund or more ideas of areas you can give to, check out the Annual Fund FAQs.

Why is Participation Important?

  • High alumni participation rates attract large grants from outside foundations.
  • The higher alumni participation is, the higher Lewis & Clark climbs in national rankings.

I’m not a graduating senior. Can I still give to the Senior Gift?

Yes, you can certainly give in honor of a senior.

How do I give?

More questions?

Please feel free to contact Tara McIrvin, the Senior Gift organizer, at taramcirvin@lclark.edu or 503-768-7928 with any questions or concerns. Or you can reach out to Laura Christensen ’15, Annual Giving intern, at lchristensen@lclark.edu.

You may also talk to any of the Senior Gift Committee members: Cory Wilson, Asraa Jaber, Rita Ombaka, Schuyler Adkins, Katy Yeh, Drew LeDonne, Kayla Ernwine, Jarrod Nixon, Brandon Becker, Hannah Miller, Taylor Herbert, Khethiwe Gumede, Stephanie Tsingos, and Hannah Seibel.

If you would like to join the Senior Gift Committee please email taramcirvin@lclark.edu, any senior is welcome to join!