Ways to Give
Ways to Give

Major Gifts

Thank you for considering a major gift to The Carter Center. A gift or pledge of $25,000 or more within a year qualifies as a major gift. We invite you to review the Center's wide scope of work and find affinity with a particular initiative.

You Can Help The Carter Center

Establish peaceful self-governance in fledgling democracies

Combat disease in the world's most underserved communities

Bring hope to those who yearn for basic human rights
You Will Make a Substantial Impact
  • Your gift will make a difference in the lives of millions through disease control and democracy building.
  • Your gift will contribute to the longevity and sustainability of the Carter Center's work around the world.
  • Your gift will allow us to undertake new initiatives and expand existing programs.
Major Gift Benefits
Major gift donors enjoy an exclusive partnership with The Carter Center. Through personalized reports from senior staff, you will have access to information about the inner workings of the initiatives you support and the direct impact of your gift.

Other benefits include:
  • A designated staff liaison who will help you manage your support
  • Special access to Center staff, which may include President and Mrs. Carter, as well as the president/CEO and the Center's peace and health program directors
  • In-person and phone briefings on Carter Center programs
  • Select communications with insider information and timely reports on your investment
  • Journal articles relating to Carter Center efforts
  • Advance notification of Carter Center media appearances
  • Exclusive invitations to special events with reserved seating as appropriate

Special events:

  • Conversations at The Carter Center
  • Board of Councilors Annual Meeting
  • Winter Weekend
  • Executive Briefing and Presidential Reception
  • Visit to Plains
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a major gift?
Major gifts are high impact giving opportunities, often a customized philanthropic investment over several years. These gifts are typically designated to a specific program and may involve a multi-year commitment.  Major gifts also may be unrestricted — open to wherever the greatest need exists.

How is a major gift different than an endowment gift?
Major gifts are used immediately; whereas, endowment gifts are invested as principal and only the interest is spent on current programs. 

How can a major gift be made?
Major gifts may be made as outright gifts of cash or securities, as pledges payable over a period of time (most commonly, three to five years), or as planned gifts.
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Contact Us Today
We look forward to speaking with you.
Seema Shams - Chief Development Officer

Seema Shams
Chief Development Officer
Major Gifts
snshams@emory.edu

Ahna Machan
Senior Associate Director
Major Gifts
amachan@emory.edu

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