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Alfred University alumnus: every gift counts
11/03/17

From left, Phil Baker '58; David Bender; Wayne Higby; Carol Rogers and Brian Rogers '59

From left, Phil Baker '58; David Bender; Wayne Higby; Carol Rogers and Brian Rogers '59

An affection for the community of Alfred, where he was raised, and for Alfred University, where he received his baccalaureate degree, prompted Phil Baker ’58 to make a $50,000 gift to the University earlier this year.

He asked that the gift – proceeds from the sale of stock – be  divided between Alfred University and the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum; the use of the funds was left to the discretion of President Mark Zupan and Wayne Higby, museum director. Previously, Phil had given a significant collection of English porcelain lusterware to the Museum where it is now on display.

The gift underscores a point important to Phil: “Most alumni cannot come up with gifts in the million-dollar range, but many can come up with significant contributions that further the good health of the University,” he said. Smaller amounts, given over a period of time through the Saxon Circle, for example, can also accomplish much for the University he added.

Members of the Saxon Circle make a five-year commitment to a gift of at least $1,000 a year; donors have the option to direct their gifts to a particular area, or to the Alfred Fund.