This is who we are.

Giving Day 2018

$50,073 given 285 gifts

Thank you to all of the alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who pulled together and made Giving Day 2018 possible. The Manchester community across our campuses and around the world demonstrated that "this is who we are."

Giving Day 2018 helped Manchester raise at least $50,073, from 285 individuals and including 14 challenges – all in a single day!

Now Manchester will use that support to strengthen this exceptional University. We’ll use your gifts in the most effective ways possible to support student learning and graduate persons of ability and conviction who will change the world.

That world needs more Manchester graduates. Your gifts make it possible. Thank you!

Matching challenges

Some alumni want to up the ante. Generous donors challenge you to give your best by giving a little more...

Mr. Richard Harris ’68

Our first matching challenge comes from Richard Harris ’68, member of the Manchester basketball All Star team. As a student, Richard studied biology, but took his career to new heights as a commercial airline pilot. Richard challenges you to join him in paying it forward for Manchester’s future generations!  


Mr. John Whisler ’73

While having dinner with friends, the conversation turned to college jobs we held many years ago.  My friends’ jobs were mostly drudgery, bad hours, and low pay.  When it came my turn, I announced that I had probably the best and most unusual college job at the table: I earned a little extra money playing the bells in the college chime tower!

It was fun.  I earned a certain amount of fame as the guy who woke up the campus in the morning.  It was a position of some considerable responsibility—I had to be punctual and dependable, and play music of at least reasonably good taste.  And it was a position of heritage and tradition—every Manchester student for nearly a hundred years has heard those bells and held their music as part of their cherished college experience. But the heritage was more personal for me.  My uncle, Lowell Long, played the bells in the 1920s when they were new, so I was continuing a family tradition.

These were the reasons why I chose to become a donor to the chime tower project.  I hope others will find joy and meaning in their college experiences, and I challenge you to find and support projects to enhance the lives of current and future Manchester students!


Drs. David ’72 and Madonna Rhodehamel ’72 Bowman

David and Madonna met at Manchester and graduated together in the class of 1972. They believe Manchester has given them many gifts: a strong education that laid the foundation for their advanced degrees, and lifelong friends they met at Manchester and continue to stay in touch with regularly. They also have a strong appreciation for Manchester’s commitment to Peace and Social Justice Education. The Bowmans challenge you to consider the many gifts you have been given by Manchester during and after your time on campus and to pay it forward for current and future Manchester students.