Challenge gifts encourage others to give

Associate Professor of Political Science Larry Taulbee issued a challenge in 2011 to raise funds for the Department of Political Science. He has already contributed $10,000 in matching funds for 2011 and 2012, and plans another $5,000 in each of the next three years.

"So your gift of $100 becomes a gift of $200, your gift of $1,000 becomes $2,000 and your gift of $5,000 becomes $10,000, helping twice as many students pursue their intellectual ambitions," says Dan Reiter, department chair.

Taulbee, an expert in international relations who has taught at Emory since 1968, has been active in Emory's undergraduate advising program for many years.

"The department, current students, and future students are all deeply grateful to Professor Taulbee," Reiter says. "His commitment is very much in line with the extraordinary devotion to undergraduate education at Emory he has demonstrated for more than 40 years."

Emory Professor Emeritus Herbert W. Benario made a generous leadership gift of $10,000 to kick off of fund-raising to establish an endowed visiting lectureship that will attract a series of prominent scholars to campus.

In October 2012, the Department of Classics was able to raise enough money to endow the Benario Lecture in Roman Studies, which will make it an annual event. An anonymous donor contributed $8,000 to match the generous contributions of Emory alumni, employees, and friends to the fund. Fundraising continues to strengthen the endowment.

The second Benario lecture was held in October, featuring Denis Feeny, Geiger Professor of Latin at Princeton University.