June 2018

Your Impact

You Can be the One to Make a New College Education Available to All

As New College approaches the end of its fiscal year on June 30, we are asking all friends of the college to consider a gift to the New College Fund. This is the fund that provides scholarships for students in need, underwrites student research and travel grants, and supports faculty research and teaching tools. Student scholarships represent the greatest need.

Alums who have not yet given in this fiscal year have an added incentive: Your gift will increase the rate of “alumni participation” in giving, which is one of the factors considered by US News & World Report's ratings, and the national foundations to which we apply for grants, and the Florida Board of Governors. Our goal is to reach at least a 15 percent alumni participation rate by the end of the fiscal year.

Whether you are an alum of the College, a parent, or a community friend, a financial gift (of any amount) is a tangible way to say thank you for the many ways that New College has impacted your life, the lives of our students, and the region. It is an acknowledgement that we are doing a good job preparing liberal arts graduates for lives of great achievement.

Won’t YOU be the one to make a New College education available to all?

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New College Foundation Launches Women’s Giving Circle

With the help of one of its dedicated supporters, the New College Foundation is launching a Women’s Giving Circle to provide women who are committed to New College an opportunity to join with others who are equally passionate about the College and want to have a voice in where their gifts are allocated.

Geri Serot

Geri Serot

“In our inaugural year we are empowering and inspiring women to fulfill their leadership and philanthropic potential through charitable giving that enhances the New College of Florida experience,” says Circle Chairwoman Geri Serot. “I started the project because I know how compassionate women can be, and how they are often overlooked when it comes to the decision-making process of supporting significant causes.

“By joining at the Legacy or Founding level, your voice will be heard, as YOU will vote on how we spend our funds,” continues Serot. “We will hold an annual meeting to decide on which student or faculty grants we will fund, and then share a luncheon to honor those grantees. The Women’s Giving Circle is a way to build a community of philanthropists who will leave a legacy of funding critical projects for New College.”

Serot says that Women’s Giving Circles are on the rise, and she wants to make sure that New College is on the forefront of this new initiative, “giving women the voice, the power and the resolve to make a difference.”

“New College is very fortunate to benefit from Geri’s commitment to public service and nonprofit causes,” said MaryAnne Young, executive director of the New College Foundation. “In Missouri, where she was a councilwoman for St. Louis County and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, she held key community service leadership roles on behalf of the Friends of the St. Louis Science Center, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Employment and Vocational Service, and Hadassah.”

Serot has been deeply involved in health care issues for many years. While living in Lakeland, she served on the executive committee of the LRMC Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy and worked with Lakeland Regional Cancer Center to form a mentors group to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

She received the Woman of Valor Award from the AMC Cancer Research Center of Denver and the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Outstanding Special Event Award from the Missouri Division of the American Cancer Society.

Serot would like to meet with women who value New College to explain the details of the new Women’s Giving Circle. You can contact her at geri.serot@yahoo.com or call 941-556-9363.

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