2018 was a very important year in SES’s history. We relocated to our beautiful new campus, improved our on-campus classrooms, technically upgraded our growing on-line education offerings and had a banner year in fund raising.
A heart-felt thank you to each and every one of you who enabled us to experience one of the best years we have ever had in contributions (with a record number of first time donors) and the best December donation total in our history.
I have been praying about the best way to celebrate, to say thank you, and to continue our momentum into this budget year. After much prayer, I have decided to inaugurate a giving society called the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE.
As you know, SES was founded in 1992. Here is the plan. Anyone who contributed at least $1,992.00 in 2018 is going to be permanently designated as a Charter Member of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE. This is a one-time designation. Congratulations to all of you who already have qualified as Charter Members of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE. Beginning in 2019 people who donate at least $1,992.00 annually will be yearly members of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE, but not charter members.
However, on reflection, in fairness to those of you gracious enough to donate any amount to SES last year, I want to extend to you the opportunity retroactively to be a Charter Member of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE, even if your gifts did not total $1,992.00 in 2018. First, we are extremely grateful for your gifts in 2018. If you make additional gifts by May 1 that bring the combined total of your gifts to $1,992, then you too will be forever designated a Charter Member of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE.
For example, if you gave us $1,000.00 in 2018 and you give an additional donation of at least $992.00 before May 1, you will be a permanent Charter Member of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE.
Eric Gustafson, our Director of Institutional Advancement, tells me that (partly because we had so many new donors last year), if every donor who gave us a gift of any amount in 2018 increased their donations to the $1,992.00 total, it would amount to approximately $200,000.00 in new donations to SES! I was stunned at this news. There is indeed strength in numbers!
We will be announcing other benefits in the near future.
Once again, thank you for your support of SES. We are tremendously encouraged by your gifts, and we promise to continue doing our very best to maximize the resources you have entrusted to us for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.
The inauguration of the SES FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE is part of our ONWARD Capital Campaign— “Remembering Our Past, Honoring the Present, Building the Future.”
Please contact Eric Gustafson for more information: [email protected] / (704) 847-5600 x232
For His glory,
Dr. Richard Land, SES President Emeritus