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Giving to the College

Frequently Asked Questions

Q What is the Annual Fund, and why should I give?

A The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of philanthropic support at Lewis & Clark: An Annual Fund gift supports our students, faculty, and programs and is the most direct way to make a positive impact on the educational experience.

Your gift goes to work immediately because every annual fund dollar is spent in the year it was given. Together, annual fund gifts help provide financial aid; fund overseas study programs; purchase science equipment, resources for the library, and instruments for the music department; support travel budgets for our athletics teams; and so much more. Your gift combines with thousands of others to have a tremendous effect on our budget every year.

Q Doesn’t tuition cover expenses?

A Like nearly all colleges and universities, Lewis & Clark faces a gap between tuition income and expenses. At Lewis & Clark, tuition provides only about 75% of the cost of educating a student. If we increased tuition to fill that gap, fewer families and students would be able to afford the excellent education we provide. Your Annual Fund gift supports the distinctive educational experiences that define Lewis & Clark and makes them accessible to a broad range of students.

Q May I designate how I want my gift to be used?

A Annual Fund gifts made without restriction give us the flexibility to use the money where it is needed most. However, you may designate your Annual Fund gift to a broad area of support that is most important to you, such as financial aid, a specific academic department, a sports team or the overseas program.

Q Can I make a gift in tribute of someone?

A Yes! Some parents choose to honor their son or daughter or their child’s favorite faculty or staff member; quite a few alumni make gifts in honor of a classmate, spouse, or fondly remembered faculty member or coach. You may also make your gift in memory of someone. We will notify the honored individual or the family that your gift—without reference to the amount—was made. View our honor roll of In Honor and In Memory donors.

Q What are matching gifts, and will my employer match my gift?

A Many companies match the charitable contributions of their employees. In this way, the impact of your gift to Lewis & Clark may be doubled or even tripled.

To have your gift matched, request a matching gift form from your human resources department, complete what’s necessary, and send it along to us with your gift. We’ll take it from there. If you don’t know whether or not your company has a matching gift program, you can also visit

Q I can afford a small gift. Will that really help?

A Absolutely! A gift of any size directly supports our students and faculty, and your gift says that you believe in Lewis & Clark. Some foundations and other grant-making organizations look at giving participation rates when awarding grant requests. Your gift, viewed as a vote of confidence, could help us secure many more dollars in external funding. Additionally, alumni participation is a factor in many of the national college ranking organizations. Every gift really does count.

Q I’d like to give $100, but right now I can manage only $25 a month. Can I give a gift over time?

A Of course! Giving incrementally is easy. Just let us know how much you want to pledge, how much you are giving now, and what you would like to give in the future. You can do this via credit card or you can send a check each month. It’s up to you.

Q What is the Leadership Society?

A The Leadership Society provides increased giving level recognition for donors of $1,867 or more. Leadership Society members enjoy an annual gathering with the president and trustees as well as the knowledge that they are providing essential funding to the Lewis & Clark education.

Q What if I have more questions?

A We love questions! Just e-mail Stephen LeBoutillier, director of annual giving, at or phone him at (503) 768-7940.