What Is The Coker Society?
The Coker Society is a circle of loyal alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who share a deep commitment to the mission of Coker University. These philanthropic leaders transform lives of students through personal involvement and financial support. They understand the power of a Coker education, believe in lifelong learning, and are committed to continuing the story first begun by Major James Lide Coker.
Membership in the Coker Society is extended to donors who contribute gifts of $1,000 or more each fiscal year. Permanent membership is given to those individuals whose lifetime giving exceeds $100,000.
Invitations to special events keep Society members connected and apprised of news and developments at Coker. However, the greatest benefit for Coker Society members is the knowledge and satisfaction that they are directly empowering a community of learners and leaders at Coker University.
Become a charter member of the Coker Society by making a member-level gift. For more information on joining the Coker Society, please call Peggy Smith in the Office of Advancement at (843) 383-8014.
- Invitations to private receptions, unique Coker Society events and an annual Appreciation Gala
- VIP seating at select cultural and athletic events
- Quarterly newsletter with presidential updates, campus news and special events
- Biannual magazine, The Coker Commentary
Coker Society FAQs
add remove 01. Why should I become a member of the Coker Society?
Giving to the Coker University is an investment in our students’ futures. Your gift, no matter the size, can make a difference and help to maintain a high level of excellence that we strive to create. With many of our students receiving some form of tuition assistance, private support is essential to our students receiving the best education and experience possible while attending Coker.
add remove 02. How can I make a gift and become a Coker Society member?
Any gift of $1,000 or more made during the College’s fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) qualifies you for annual Society membership. Gifts may be made with one payment or by multiple gifts within the College’s fiscal year. Gifts can be made by check, credit card payments, recurring bank drafts, or by transfer of securities and property. Credit card gifts may be made through the College’s secure web site or by telephone.
add remove 03. Do young alumni have different qualifying criteria?
Yes. Recent graduates are eligible for Society membership with a gift of $250 or more each year in the first five years following graduation, and $500 or more each year in years six through ten.
add remove 04. Can I designate my gift to an academic department, athletic program, or scholarship fund? If so, how do I make the designation?
Yes. The Coker Society recognizes donors who support the College with gifts totaling $1,000 or more to any scholarships, programs, departments, and funds. Simply, write the designated fund on the memo section of your check or in the appropriate section of the Give to Coker online form. You can also notify the Office of Advancement at 843-383-8014.
add remove 05. Will my spouse be a member?
Both spouses are members of the Coker Society with a joint gift of $1,000 or more within a fiscal year.
add remove 06. How long will I be a member of the society?
Membership in the society is renewable on an annual basis. Membership is determined by the College’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.
add remove 07. Will my employer’s matching gift count toward membership?
Yes, your employer’s gift will count toward your annual Coker Society membership.
add remove 08. Who can I talk to about becoming a Coker Society member?
Please call the advancement office with all matters related to the Coker Society at 843-383-8014.
add remove 09. Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?
Yes. You can write “in honor” or “in memory” and the person’s name on the memo section of your check or in the appropriate section of the Give to Coker online form.
add remove 10. Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes. Coker University is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Always consult your tax advisor.