The Ruth Pittard Fund for Love In Action

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An Anonymous DonorRuth Pittard matched $500

An Anonymous DonorLarry Pearlman matched $110

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About

The Ruth Pittard Fund for Love In Action, established by Davidson College alumnae Michelle Levin ’06 and Brika Eklund ’06 in partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement, honors Ruth’s positive impact across the Davidson community for over 30 years.  Whether as a Davidson townsperson registering voters or participating in peace gatherings, or as a College staff member making new ideas come to life, Ruth has always exuded love, understanding and acceptance of all.   

Following several roles on campus in Audio Visual Services, the College Union, and Student Life, Ruth became the first Director of the Bonner Scholars Program on campus - a nationally recognized community service scholarship program emphasizing love, compassion and leadership through the values of civic engagement, community building, diversity, international perspective, social justice, spiritual exploration, and wellness.  Ruth retired in 2005 as Davidson’s Assistant Dean for Community Service and imprinted Davidson with a legacy of selfless giving and open-armed acceptance.  Over the course of her more than three decades on campus, Ruth uniquely influenced the lives of countless students, coworkers, and friends.  Ruth continues these meaningful friendships to this day from her tiny, solar-powered home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 


“Throughout my life, I have maintained a personal commitment to creative, compassionate community building with the town of Davidson and beyond - a dedication to collaborative action for the good of all,” Ruth shares. “Davidson provides a natural foundation for producing students who become stewards of integrity and service to their communities around the world.  It is my hope that this grant provides current students with an opportunity to have transformative experiences through service.”

Offered through the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), the Ruth Pittard Fund for Love In Action supports Davidson students pursuing meaningful summer experiences that honor Ruth’s values: collaboration, community building, participation, integrity and love. Stacey Riemer, Associate Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Civic Engagement shares “During her time at Davidson, Ruth developed a solid infrastructure from which Davidson’s service program could grow and thrive while simultaneously supporting students to develop their passions for community leadership. This fund will provide valuable resources for students as they pursue opportunities that are meaningful to them and the communities of which they are a part.”

The fund currently provides up to $5,000 in grant money to support summer internships, projects, or experiences.  The fund creators intend to endow the fund should total contributions exceed $100,000, allowing the CCE to support students in perpetually effectuating positive community-driven change around the world.

 



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New match opportunity!

An anonymous donor is currently matching $1 per $1 donated up to $20,000. Make a gift today to take advantage of this generous match!

166 days ago by Lauren Lausier
Setting a new goal to endow Ruth's fund!

Thank you to all those who have helped us reach $50k! We are now more than halfway towards endowing this fund at $100k and have an ambitious opportunity to make this a reality. If we can reach $100k, this fund will be endowed at Davidson allowing the Center for Civic Engagement to support students in perpetually effectuating positive community-driven change around the world. Thank you for showing your support for Davidson, our students and for Ruth’s loving legacy! 

217 days ago by Lauren Lausier
Over 80% towards the goal!

We currently just over $40,000 and have achieved both matches for this campaign, but there is more to accomplish! We are setting a goal to raise $1,000 a week over the next nine weeks. If we can achieve this, we could meet the goal by the first week in December and donations can count towards 2021 taxes. Please consider becoming an advocate and encouraging your Davidson network to get involved to finish the campaign ahead of goal! 

232 days ago by Lauren Lausier
New match from Ruth!

To those who have donated, thank you. Your commitment to Davidson students shines through your financial contributions to this campaign. In honor of this achievement, Ruth Pittard is matching the next $500 raised. Thank you Ruth for standing behind your values of collaboration, community building, participation, integrity, and love. 

245 days ago by Lauren Lausier
$20,000 Match Opportunity!

An anonymous donor is currently matching $1 per $1 donated up to $20,000. Make a gift today to take advantage of this generous match!

252 days ago by Lauren Lausier

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