Memorial gifts are a way to honor and remember a loved one, while also furthering the educational mission of Kenyon College.
Memorial gifts of any size can be designated toward one of two special memorial funds, the Alumni Memorial Endowment or the Brown Family Environmental Center Memorial Fund. If the deceased established an endowed fund at Kenyon during his or her lifetime, a donor can direct a gift to that fund or to another previously established fund. If the gift is in memory of a Trustee, it will be placed in the Trustees' Bicentennial Fund.
For gifts greater than $50,000, a new named endowed fund can be established in memory of a family member, classmate, faculty member or friend. An endowed memorial fund can be established at the time of death or at any later time. With gifts of this size, there may also be opportunities to name spaces on campus in memory of a loved one.
Families may want to suggest in a loved one's obituary that donations be sent to Kenyon College using language such as: "In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Kenyon College. Checks should be mailed to the Office of Development, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022."
Because the size of these gifts can vary, we will establish a "hold account" in the name of the deceased. We will acknowledge all gifts and periodically provide the family with a list of names and addresses of those who have made memorial gifts. Several months later, when the stream of gifts has slowed, a Development Office staff member will consult with the family and help them to choose the fund's designation based on the family's interests and the amount in the fund.