Annual Fund closes in on goal for 2009-10

As the Yale Divinity School Annual Fund campaign heads to a conclusion at the end of June, alumni leaders are adding additional incentives to encourage a boost in participation to reach a $400,000 goal. As of June 4, 2,072 alumni donors had brought the Annual Fund to nearly 86 percent of the goal. Anyone making a donation this month will improve their chances of winning one of two prizes being offered to a lucky donor—either a set of recent books from YDS faculty or a Kindle electronic reading device.

Last year’s winner, Bernice Cosey-Pulley ’55 B.D., garnered a book collection. “Her selfless reaction was to offer several of the books to current students and student groups at YDS as well as walk away with a few books for her own enjoyment,” recalled Micah Luce ’07 M.Div., ’08 S.T.M., who heads the Student Book Supply and chooses the books. “The YDS faculty members are the best in their fields, and our giveaway features some of their work in Christian history, biblical studies, religion and society, liturgy and worship, and interfaith dialogue.”

The contest was announced in an email sent to all alumni on June 1. (Click here to read the email.) Anyone who has already donated to the Annual Fund or who donates in June is automatically entered into the contest for the first-place prize. The winner chooses either the book package or the Kindle, while a second winner selected only from among June donors receives whichever prize remains. The Kindle, a wireless reading device sold by Amazon, is being donated by members of the YDS Alumni Board’s Development Committee, chaired by Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div. The collection of faculty books includes, among others, recent titles by Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History Bruce Gordon (Calvin, Yale University Press, 2009) and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology Miroslav Volf, (A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor, William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010).

Now in its final month, the Annual Fund is slightly ahead of last year’s effort, when 82 percent of a $410,000 target had been achieved. Donations to the Annual Fund, which goes entirely toward student financial aid, can be made online.