In the Company of Leaders

Portrait of Carolynn Miller in a garden

Carolyn Miller 05T is a member of the new Wise Heart Society for leadership-level annual donors.

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The Wise Heart Society: Leadership Annual Giving

Giving Levels:

Founders: $1,000–$2,499
($500 for graduates of the last decade)

Mentors: $2,500–$4,999

Pioneers: $5,000–$9,999

Innovators: $10,000–$24,999

Visionaries: $25,000+

For information on how you can join the Wise Heart Society by making a leadership gift to the school or program of your choice, visit

Support from the Emory community helped Carolynn Miller 05T expand her place at Emory from staff member to student to proud alumna. Grateful for the scholarship support both she and her husband, Brad Miller 99T, received as students, the Millers are leadership-level annual donors supporting Candler School of Theology, Rollins School of Public Health, and the Emory staff hardship fund.

To recognize the influence of leadership-level annual donors—individual donors who contribute $1,000 or more per year— Emory has created the Wise Heart Society, a new leadership annual giving society.

“Our goal in forming Emory’s Wise Heart Society is to acknowledge the generosity of leadership-level annual donors university-wide and the tremendous things their gifts are making possible at Emory year after year,” says Kim Julian, executive director of Emory’s Office of Annual Giving.

Annual gifts help fund scholarships that enable talented and deserving students to attend Emory regardless of financial means. Support for service programs broadens Emory’s reach in the community and around the world. Gifts to patient care create groundbreaking partnerships that improve the health of the greater community. Research support allows scientists and scholars to pursue pioneering ideas that can lead to breakthroughs in addressing the most important issues facing humanity.

“The debt burden is high for students who want to attend a quality, world-class institution. We want to do whatever we can to relieve that so people don’t start out behind,” says Miller, a sixteen-year Emory staff member and national chair of Emory’s Annual Giving Board. “In all of my roles—as a student, as a staff member, and as a part of the Emory community—I have seen the significant power private gifts have to transform the university.”

Wise Heart Society member Robert Angstadt earned an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School in 1989 and spent a dozen years in the banking and automotive industries before a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer truck led to an epiphany.

“I really wanted to do something that made a difference,” he says. He decided to pursue nursing.

Since graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Angstadt has worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He takes joy in caring for premature infants and seeing how his work brings comfort to families.

In his senior year at the School of Nursing, he served as treasurer for his class gift campaign, and he has given monthly gifts to support service learning ever since.

“I was lucky to be able to go to Jamaica on a service-learning trip, but I went to school with a lot of students who wanted to go but didn’t have the resources,” Angstadt explains. “I want to be able to share what I can with those who might not be able to have these experiences otherwise.”

For information on how you can join the Wise Heart Society by making a leadership gift to the school or program of your choice, visit To make a secure online gift, visit

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