Why We Give

Curley Bonds
 Curley Bonds 87C


A psychiatrist for a California nonprofit mental health organization, Curley Bonds 87C embraced the Emory charge to do well and to do good.

“At Emory I learned about figuring out who you are as a person and what your contribution to the world will be,” he says.

Bonds was able to attend Emory because he qualified for merit scholarships. He appreciates the support he received to help him achieve his dreams. In return, he makes unrestricted, leadership-level annual gifts to the college. A former member of the Emory College Alumni Board, Bonds says the experience educated him about how private donor support makes a difference at the college.

“I felt very fortunate to get the world-class education I got at Emory, and I feel like there are a lot of smart, deserving students who should have that opportunity as well. I want to give back at least as much as I took away,” he says. “Unrestricted annual gifts to the college help to pay for some of the areas that are not support by very directed giving. Unrestricted giving supports students and faculty—any area that is a priority for the college.”


Shortly after earning her master’s degree in librarianship from Emory University, Kitty McNeill 85G began her life’s work at the Oxford College Library. Now associate dean and college librarian at Oxford, she has long envisioned a larger, more flexible space where students could gather and learn in a “transformative and evolving environment.”

In fall 2013, Oxford’s new Library and Academic Commons opened. The ribbon cutting celebrated the culmination of 15 years of planning.

McNeill supported the new library and academic commons not only through her diligent work, but also with personal, leadership-level contributions through MyEmory, Emory’s employee annual giving program. “Giving through MyEmory allows me to not only support the place where I went to school, but also where I work,” she says.

To learn more about MyEmory's employee annual giving program, please visit emory.edu/myemory.


Kitty McNeill
 Kitty McNeill 85G with (L to R) Art Vinson 66OX 68C, Chair of the Oxford Board of Counselors and Hugh Tarbutton Jr. 84OX


Rev. Karen Green
 The Rev. Karen Green 97T


Karen Green had built a ministry by mentoring young people even before she earned her master’s degree at Candler School of Theology.

Dean of students at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, she realizes the influence she can have on the lives of students through her work and her gifts to Candler. At Candler she learned she did not have to preach from a pulpit to have a ministry.

“When you look back over your life, you recognize gifts and graces you have had for a long time, and God provided me ways to utilize those,” Green says. “This is where God found me. I was already toiling in the vineyard. I need to be with young students, who in turn need someone who is willing to have difficult conversations with them about who they are.”

Green supports scholarships at Candler through her leadership annual gifts. “It is important tosupport these places that have changed our lives so meaningfully,” she says. “You never know whose life will be turned around or who will go on and do great things because someone has supported an annual fund or a scholarship fund.”

Leadership gifts to the Theology Fund for Excellence help Candler build on its strengths in educating active religious leaders and first-rate scholars.


Andrew L. Smith 84M 85MR knew little about philanthropy when he joined Emory School of Medicine as the medical director of the congestive heart failure program two decades ago.“We were just one part of a large division that was part of a large medical center, and everyone had competing needs,” he says.

He learned about philanthropy quickly after grateful patients made significant gifts to establish endowments in the School of Medicine early in his Emory career. These endowments helped retain talented faculty, start a research program, and support community events like the Atlanta Heart Walk. More people found out about his team’s successes and saw how they could donate too.

Smith liked reaching new people and connecting them to Emory, so chairing MyEmory for the School of Medicine during the recently completed Campaign Emory was a natural fit. More than 40 percent of School of Medicine employees contributed during Campaign Emory, and their continued support through the MyEmory annual employee giving program has been invaluable.

The son of Emory-trained cardiologist J. Orson Smith Jr. 52C 56M 59MR, he consistently has seen how one gift has the power to attract many more. “If you look around at the needs in your department, and people there are very valued and feel positive about giving, the personal gifts that come from those feelings open us to gifts from others,” he says.


Andrew L. Smith
 Andrew L. Smith 84M 85MR


Carolyn Cidis Meltzer
 Carolyn Cidis Meltzer


Carolyn Cidis Meltzer makes leadership-level gifts to the School of Medicine's Adopt-A-Resident program. Funds are used by Residents as they continue their medical training, and can go towards research opportunities, the purchase of books and other educational materials, specialty conferences and presentations, and more.

"I am passionate about the Adopt-A-Resident program. Our medical training pathways need to build in flexibility to accommodate the creativity of our young professionals. Adopted radiology residents at Emory have engaged in transformative experiences in global health, health policy, and developing novel educational tools. One of the main reasons I give to support this program is my gratitude for mentors who encouraged and supported my own interdisciplinary professional development.”

Leadership gifts to the School of Medicine's Adopt-a-Resident program help attract and support top scholars and tommorow's physicians.