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Column: Agnes Scott College taking $100 million campaign public

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on October 26, 2012

Agnes Scott College will publicly launch its $100 million “Greatness Before Us” campaign on Oct. 26.

More than half of the money — $58.2 million — has already been raised during the quiet phase of the campaign.

The same evening, the college also will launch its 1889 Society — for individuals and foundations that have given $500,000 or more to the institution, according to Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott.

The relatively small liberal arts college for women was founded in Decatur in 1889. The new society will have 65 names of those donors on a plaque that will be unveiled by Kiss and Clyde Tuggle, a senior Coca-Cola executive who is currently chairing the board for Agnes Scott.

“Our board of trustees approved the campaign in February 2009,” Kiss said. “We want to complete it by December 2016.”

The national campaign will be co-chaired by Beth Holder, who graduated from the college in 1982; Libby Rhett Jones, a 1973 graduate; and Tuggle. Both his mother and wife are Agnes Scott alumnae.

There also will be regional campaigns, and the metro Atlanta effort is being co-chaired by Lizanne Stephenson (1984) and Clair Muller (1967).

Kiss said that one of the main goals will be to have more than 50 percent of Agnes Scott alumnae be donors.

In 2010-2011, 48 percent of its alumnae were donors, a rate that put Agnes Scott in the top 20 of national liberal arts colleges. In 2011-2012, that slipped to 46 percent (which still put it in the top 25). Kiss, however, is hopeful that the college will exceed 50 percent in the next couple of years.

The board of trustees also has set its own goal to raise $17 million. So far, the trustees have contributed nearly $11 million.

The largest donor to date has been the previously announced $6 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, which will go towards the redevelopment of Campbell Hall in the heart of the campus.

Alumna Libby Jones and her husband, Gary Jones, have made a $2.5 million gift — the largest from a living individual donor in the history of the college.

Atlanta Women’s Foundation

At its “Numbers Too Big to Ignore” luncheon on Oct. 19, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation did it again — raising more than $500,000 for the organization that serves women and girls.

Sal Kibler, spokeswoman for the foundation, said they are still going through the donations. The proceeds of the lunch “is consistent with previous recent years” with the exception of last year’s event.

In 2011, Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent was the keynote speaker, and he made a surprise donation of $500,000 which brought last year’s total to more than $1 million.

The keynote speaker this year was Edie Weiner, a futurist, who talked about global trends that will impact women and children.

Milton Little honored

Milton Little, president of United Way of Greater Atlanta since 2007, is getting recognized for all his contributions to the community.
In total, Little has received or will receive four separate recognitions from different organizations — all touting his leadership in the community.

On Sept. 19, he received the “Connecting the Community” award from the Turknett Leadership Group at the Georgia Aquarium.
On Oct. 19, Georgia Shakespeare recognized Little during a performance of “Macbeth.”

On Oct. 24, Little received the 2012 Founders award from the Civic League for Regional Atlanta at its annual “What’s Right in the Region” dinner.

Then in February, Little will be given the “Bennie Award” from Morehouse College at the 25th annual “A Cradle inthe Dark” gala. The award is presented annually to a Morehouse alum whose contributions have helped light the way for others. It is named after Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the college’s sixth president.

AT&T helps Atlanta Opera

AT&T Inc. is making a $50,000 contribution to the Atlanta Opera to support its Community Engagement Program for students and teachers from kindergarten to sixth grade.

AT&T’s grant will support the Atlanta Opera Studio Tour, which introduces thousands of school-aged children to opera through a touring production.

“Education is our primary philanthropic focus at AT&T,” said Don Barbour, regional director for the AT&T region, in a statement. “We are pleased to support The Atlanta Opera and its efforts to expand arts education for our young people.”

Make-A-Wish Georgia

Make-A-Wish Georgia has a new chairman — Hank McLarty, founder and president of Gratus Capital Management, a multifamily, private wealth management firm.

The mission of the nonprofit organization is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives.

Other new leaders of the nonprofit are Scott Hill, chief financial officer of IntercontinentalExchange, treasurer; Rick Elliott, CEO of United Healthcare Georgia, the new vice chairman; and Walter Davis, a partner at Jones

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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