Gift expands Auburn’s Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A charitable gift from a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences will be used to create two named positions at the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

The donation from Beth Thorne Stukes establishes the Drummond Thorne Stukes Executive Director for the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and Women’s Philanthropy Board, as well as the Drummond Thorne Stukes Assistant Director for Camp iCare, REAL Cents REAL Change and the new Volunteers in Philanthropy.

Sidney James Nakhjavan will serve as the Cary Center’s first Drummond Thorne Stukes Executive Director. A national search is under way for the Drummond Thorne Stukes Assistant Director position.

“The newly named positions underscore Stukes’ interest in philanthropy and support of the Women’s Philanthropy Board,” said Nakhjavan. “They also recognize the inspiration of Stukes’ parents, Buddy Larry Thorne and the late Barbara Drummond Thorne.”

Stukes credits her father as her inspiration to be involved with community service, and she attended WPB educational programs with her mother for many years. Barbara Drummond Thorne died in 2009, leaving her children to continue her legacy as inspired philanthropists.

“Beth’s commitment to the Cary Center, Women’s Philanthropy Board and Camp iCare is a remarkable testament to the difference we have made through these programs,” said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences. “She is a role model for philanthropists everywhere and we are very grateful for her support.”

The Cary Center is a newly formed academic center in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences that promotes financial and philanthropic responsibility, mentoring and nonprofit leadership. Personnel in the center also assist with the new 15-hour undergraduate minor in philanthropy and nonprofit studies, offered through the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences. The minor includes courses such as Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations; Gender, Wealth and Philanthropy; and a required practicum in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

The national headquarters for the Cary Center is the historic Halliday-Cary-Pick home, which was generously gifted to Auburn University in 2011 from Frances Pick Dillard, a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board, and her family. It is the original homestead of Dr. Charles Allen Cary, the first dean of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and later his daughter, Alice Cary Pick Gibson.

Charitable, tax-deductible gifts to support the Cary Center or other programs at Auburn are made through the Auburn University Foundation, which receives such gifts on the university’s behalf. For information about the various means of donating to Auburn University, visit https://develop.auburn.edu/how/.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

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