History of Giving

There are literally thousands of persons throughout the Country who for many years have tied themselves to the College with love and affection and generous assistance. Except for their generous, helpful solicitude, the College never could have continued and become strong.

—Francis S. Hutchins
Berea College President, 1939-1967

As President Hutchins recognized, Berea College succeeds because thousands of people believe in our mission and support it in ways large and small. We are blessed with several large gifts annually, but we also count on the support of thousands of alumni and other friends who make relatively small yet often sacrificial gifts.

Philanthropy watered the roots of our founding when antislavery advocate Cassius Clay donated land to begin the College to founder John G. Fee.  Ever since then, support from friends and alumni of the college has been an indispensable part of the College’s growth and existence.  Without such support, Berea College would cease to exist.

Today, our friends include alumni, non-alumni, foundations, and other organizations, and we gratefully count on those thousands to tie themselves to Berea with “love and affection and generous assistance.”

When you support Berea College, you join a long tradition of giving to a place where the mission is vital and the impact is life changing.

Historic Figures Who Have Given to Berea

The roster of historic figures who have given to Berea College includes:

  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Gilbert Colgate
  • A.B. Dick
  • J. Malcolm Forbes
  • Henry Ford
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Julia Ward Howe
  • J.C. Penney
  • John D. Rockefeller
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Howard Taft
  • Doris Ulmann
  • Mrs. Montgomery Ward
  • Thornton Wilder
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Orville Wright