leaders in giving back
named for beloved teacher, scholar, and servant-leader who worked at wittenberg for 69 years, the benjamin prince society was created in may 1977 to honor individuals who have shown uncommon commitment to wittenberg's academic excellence through their annual support.
benjamin prince society (bps)
- annual gifts of $1,000+
opportunities for young alumni to join the society
- annual gifts of $500+ for alumni 5-9 years post-graduation
- annual gifts of any size for alumni 1-4 years post-graduation and current students
in honor of wittenberg's 175th birthday, distinguished benefactors and bps members wes '70 and ann bates '70 want to help re-energize our leadership giving societies. through their generosity, the bates have agreed to gift an additional $1,000 for the first 100 members of the bps, beginning july 1, 2020. make your gift today to become a member of the benjamin prince society and double your impact.
membership in the benjamin prince society is renewable annually. corporate matching gifts count toward membership if received or verified within a fiscal year (july 1 – june 30).
the bps exists to help grow our culture of philanthropy, create lifelong connectedness and to recognize and thank the university’s leadership donors who demonstrate their belief in the legacy of wittenberg university through their giving.
while every single gift makes a difference, bps donors have an enhanced ability to make the wittenberg experience extraordinary for students and faculty. not only do these gifts have an outsized impact on today’s campuses, they demonstrate your belief in wittenberg and can inspire similar generosity from others – the true mark of a leader. your support earns our gratitude and commitment to connect you even more deeply to the life of this remarkable university.
who was benjamin prince?
benjamin prince was the personification of boundless commitment to wittenberg. his service to the university spanned 69 years - nearly half of wittenberg's entire history. he studied and lived in myers hall during the civil war. he was a beloved teacher and scholar, but he also served in a staggering variety of functions including collector of tuition. he was also founder of the wittenberg fund. he contributed in significant measure to the development of the wittenberg we know today and thus is an ideal namesake for the university's most committed donors. still on the job upon his death at age 93, he was truly wittenberg's "grand old man."