6th Annual Pay It Forward Challenge
Friday, April 22–Friday, April 29, 2022
One hundred eighty-seven years ago—on April 22—the Wheaton Female Seminary opened its doors to its first 50 students. Since that day, Wheaton’s mission to provide a transformative educational experience with timeless liberal arts values has shaped the lives of more than 28,500 alumni, who have each gone into the world and begun paying it forward by creating their own ripple effect of change on society. To honor Wheaton’s liberal arts mission and values that have stood strong over the years, the Pay It Forward Challenge is an opportunity for community members to support the college during a week-long giving initiative, which provides our students and faculty with the much-needed resources that continues to support the promise and possibility of fueling Wheaton’s transformative educational experience through the Wheaton Fund.
During Wheaton’s 6th Annual Pay It Forward Challenge donations made through the Wheaton Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar—up to $187,000—in challenge funds established by a generous group of 41 Wheaton alumni, parents, staff, and friends.
2022 Pay It Forward Challengers
Robert Alberts and Sarah Raunecker P’22 | Marco Barbone ’09 | Sharon F. Callahan-Miller ’84
Gena Canning P’23 | BJ Cataldo ’79 | Cronin Family
Susan Johnson Dimmick ’76 | Julian Draz ’21 | Ann Woodcock Hurd Fralix ’62
Marilyn Gass ’58 | Sandra Herbst ’94 | Brenda L. Hill ’94
Andreas and Marian Ide P’22 | Donna Barker Johnson ’67 | Jane and Bob Keiter ’64, P’94
Zoe Hack Keller ’05 | Lauren Kramer P’23 | Paula Laliberte ’86
Katherine Lee ’91 | Amanda Macaulay ’60 | Heather MacFarlane ’00 and Taylor MacFarlane ’01
John and Kendra Malloy P’22 | Kate Johnson Nielsen ’76 | Laura Perkins ’91
Jane Protzman ’59 | Marcia Gutsche Rutledge ’83 | Elizabeth A. Segal ’77
Nancy Dewey Simpson ’51 | Alice Dana Spencer ’69 | Sheryl Lorenson Stone ’72
Margery Sullivan ’63 | John Talanian ’93 | John and Genie Trevor P’22
Joan Ackermann Webb ’62 | Jane Claytor Webster ’71 | Connie Wesley ’65
Sarah Wheeler ’62 | John Wieland S’63 | Elena Wong ’07 | Dellie Smith Woodring ’62
Use Your Digital Wallet
Wheaton now accepts Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and WebPay on our secure online giving forms. Digital wallet options will only appear as payment options when donors utilize their smartphones to make their gifts.
Set-up Monthly Donations
Monthly sustaining gifts allow you to divide your Wheaton gift into manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your debit or credit card. By becoming a Slype Sustainer, you can increase your giving impact at Wheaton.
Pledge It Forward
You can now make a bigger impact by committing to future Wheaton Fund donations. Pledge It Forward and consider providing a Wheaton Fund Scholarship, Wheaton Fund Internship, or even amplifying your Reunion Class Gift.
Matching Gifts Program
Maximize your impact with a matching gift! Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? Some companies will even match to spouses and retirees.
The AmazonSmile program is a simple and automatic way for Amazon customers to donate to Wheaton College every time they shop at Amazon at no additional cost to the customer. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Volunteer grant programs are corporate giving programs in which companies provide monetary donations to organizations where employees volunteer regularly. If you volunteer with us, it's an easy way to provide us with additional financial support!
You could add an addendum to your will or trust that designates an amount or percentage to go to Wheaton. A clear advantage of this gift is that it does not impact your current lifestyle at all, but it does provide Wheaton with assets for its future stability.
Life Income Gifts
You could establish a charitable gift annuity that you would provide you with fixed payments for life in exchange for a gift of cash or securities to Wheaton.
You can designate Wheaton as a beneficiary of your retirement plans or life insurance policies. A clear advantage of this gift is that it does not impact your current lifestyle at all, but it does provide Wheaton with assets for its future stability.