The Citadel Parent Fund


To educate parents of Citadel cadets about the importance of  private giving to The Citadel and solicit their philanthropic support.SC Corps of Cadets

The Citadel Foundation Parent Fund allows parents to support The Citadel's greatest immediate needs and have a direct impact on their cadets' experience on campus.  Parents are a vital resource whose strong support will enable the tradition of the Long Gray Line to advance, as it has since 1842.

Gifts to The Citadel Foundation Parent Fund support The Citadel Fund, which gives unrestricted dollars to The Citadel to cover those vital expenses that may not be covered by state appropriations or tuition and fees.  It also supports the most pressing needs that affect cadets each year. 

 I Pay Tuition, Why Should I Give to The Citadel?
It will cost a projected $88 million to run The Citadel for the 2010-2011 academic year. Many people think that the combination of student tuition and appropriations from the state of South Carolina are what keep the college operating each year. The truth is that the state contributes roughly 10% of The Citadel’s budget, and tuition and fees account for approximately 36%. The remaining 54% must be generated through competitive grants, sales and services, and the loyal support of alumni, parents, and friends of The Citadel.

With our $88 million expense budget and state appropriations at 10%, The Citadel is only assisted by the state for 56 DAYS during FY10!

What Does the Parent Fund Support?
In 2011 The Citadel Foundation Parent Fund is also supporting the Krause Leadership CenterThe Krause Leadership Center coordinates and conducts a number of training programs and leadership development events, in support of the Commandant’s Office, for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Four specific areas are currently needs of the Krause Leadership Center:

1.      Support to the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) – As part of the Service Learning Initiative at The Citadel, the Krause Leadership Center instituted an ASB opportunity. ASB is a nationally based program that encourages college students to participate in some type of service project/leadership endeavor during their Spring Break time frame. In 2010 the Krause Center supported a very successful event sending five cadets to work on service learning project in New York City. The success of this event generated additional interest within the Corps and we are already planning to send several groups out in March, 2011. The Center provided some initial funding to support training and pay for the travel of The Citadel’s VISTA volunteer to accompany the cadets. Establishing a sponsor for this activity would help defray for the training, administration, and cadet travel costs. 

2.      Support to Service Learning Initiative - Connected to the program above, The Citadel has incorporated a Service Learning requirement to our newest leadership course, LDRS 201 (known as the Sophomore Seminar). This is a one–credit hour academic course for all second year cadets that focuses on Principled Leadership. Within the LDRS 201 curriculum design these cadets must complete approximately nine hours of Service Learning with predetermined non-profit and community support organizations from the local community. Cadets have a range of choices working within special needs groups, homeless shelters, the VA hospital, and local schools mentoring/teaching students. The coordination, administration, and logistics for these activities are conducted by our Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) office located within the Krause Center. Establishing a sponsor for this activity would help defray for the training, administration and logistics necessary to conduct this program. 

3.      Support to Off-Campus Experiential Leadership Programs - In the past The Krause Center has supported cadet/student participation in experiential leadership activities. Specifically, we helped sponsor a number of cadets to participate in a week long Outward Bound program during Spring Break. Outward Bound is a globally recognized organization in experiential leadership programs and provides a variety of programming and locations. Adding this type of offering to The Citadel Experience expands the richness and developmental impact of our leadership programs. Establishing a sponsor for this activity would help defray for the training, administration, and cadet travel costs. 

4.    Leadership Conferences for Cadets to Attend

A gift of any size to the Parent Fund can assist in meeting the needs of the Krause Center for Leadership.  Please consider a gift that is meaningful to you and give today!

To Make a Gift to The Citadel Foundation Parent Fund
If you would like to make an online gift to The Citadel Foundation Parent Fund, please click here and designate your gift to "The Citadel Foundation Parent Fund" on the online form.

Please Note:  You can enhance your contribution with an Employer Matching Gift form.  Check with your employer to see if there is a Matching Gift Program available to double or triple your gift to The Citadel.

If making a contribution online, you can complete the matching gift form from your employer and return by mail, fax, or e-mail to this address:

The Citadel Foundation
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409

Fax:   843.953.7689

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