Why We Give

| December 5, 2013

Thanks to generous contributions to scholarships and other funds from alumnae, parents and friends of the College, Sweet Briar continues to thrive as a vibrant academic community, helping to prepare the next generation of women leaders.

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been celebrating some of our most passionate supporters with monthly profiles highlighting each individual story.

The main question we asked is simple, and it’s universal: Why do you give?

(Click on a name or photo below to read more.)

Katherine Powell Heller ’78 (Atlanta, Ga.):
“Cliché or not, I do believe in the saying, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ Sweet Briar — and my parents — gave me the foundation to be able to embrace a world of opportunities. Of course I received an excellent education and made lifelong friends, but the personal growth I achieved in the SBC environment is irreplaceable.”


Junie Speight Myers ’87 (Richmond, Va.):
“My four years at SBC were truly transformative in so many ways. Besides leaving a legacy for current students to follow, we also are setting the trend for the future. At many places in my life, someone gave me a helping hand. There are students who need that help now. A gift will help them to succeed and, in turn, they will hopefully help others in their own time.”


Mary Morris Gamble Booth ’50 (Lynchburg, Va.):
“If you went to Sweet Briar and you loved it and you got a good education … to support it later is a no-brainer. Private schools have to be supported.”


Frances Kirven Morse ’68 (Redwood City, Calif.):
“[Philanthropy] was ingrained from dinner table conversations. If Dad had a connection to [an organization] and it had a mission he believed in strongly, he gave to it. And he believed you supported the school that supported you. Sweet Briar was a growth experience and one that I think shaped my character a lot.”

Christine P. Bump ’00 (Washington, D.C.):
“It would have been difficult for me to attend Sweet Briar without the assistance of several scholarships, and I am so grateful to the individuals and families who provided the money to fund them. I have made a donation to the College every year since graduating in 2000, and I always designate it for student scholarships. I hope that my donations are enabling young women to attend Sweet Briar with less hardship.”


Cady Thomas ’98 (Raleigh, N.C.):
“I want Sweet Briar to remain an option for young women everywhere. I want it to continue growing and excelling so that it stands out not just among women’s colleges, but all colleges. We need strong single-sex options for future generations, and I know SBC has been that, and I want it to continue forever!”


Stephanie Berger ’91 (New York City, N.Y.):
“I would not be where I am today if I had not been given the opportunity to go to Sweet Briar. It was such a gift, and I will forever be indebted. Sweet Briar taught you leadership, but it wasn’t masculine. It was feminine and it was powerful. The more I get away from this school, the more I realize that foundation is so key to who I am today.”


Amanda Strickland ’09 (Fort Lee, Va.):
“I give to SBC because if an alumna hadn’t given when she could, my experiences and degrees would not be possible. My mother and I were so very thankful for the donations of alumnae, and I wanted to be able to give another deserving applicant a chance to learn at Sweet Briar.”


Kelly Meredith Iacobelli ’88 (Atlanta, Ga.):
“I paid my way through Sweet Briar. That always made me more aware of the need to give back, because the financial aid I received was very generous.”


Bill and Debbie Booth, parents (Palm Harbor, Fla.):
“[Our daughter] Alyson has gained so much from her time at Sweet Briar, it feels right to give back and make sure that Sweet Briar can continue to provide students competitive programs and resources. Getting involved and contributing to the Annual Fund is our way of giving back.”


Peter Daniel, Sweet Briar VP and treasurer emeritus (Lynchburg, Va.):
“I love Sweet Briar and everything I did. I enjoyed going to work every day. The students were wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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