Hudson gift to Auburn University’s Cary Center to start volunteer program for college students

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Kim and Tim Hudson recently made a $100,000 gift to the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Auburn University to start a leadership philanthropic and volunteer program.

The gift from the Auburn alumni will establish the Kim and Tim Hudson Fund for Excellence, which will be used to support the new Volunteers in Philanthropy, or VIP, program.

The Cary Center’s programs include the Women’s Philanthropy Board; Camp iCare, which educates young people, ages 6-12, about money smarts and philanthropic responsibility; and Real Cents Real Change, a program for teens, ages 13-18, that teaches financial awareness and philanthropic actions.

VIP is designed to encourage, support and enhance volunteerism, leadership education and service opportunities for young adults in college.

“We are honored to partner with the Cary Center to create the Volunteers in Philanthropy program,” Kim Hudson said. “There is so much need, right here in the Auburn University area and we are excited to help educate, train and equip college students to make a tangible impact in the nonprofit segment of our community.”

Sidney James Nakhjavan, the Drummond Thorne Stukes Executive Director of the Cary Center, anticipates VIP will make a significant impact for participants and the beneficiaries of their service as it connects students, particularly those involved in philanthropy and nonprofit courses in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences, WPB mentees, as well as Camp iCare and Real Cents Real Change participants with volunteer opportunities.

“The Cary Center is honored to be the recipient of this generous contribution,” said Nakhjavan. “We look forward to perpetuating the Hudsons’ vision of service as philanthropic leaders through the VIP program.”

The Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies was formed when the historic Halliday-Cary-Pick home, 360 N. College St., was gifted to the College of Human Sciences by Frances Pick Dillard, a WPB founding member. It is the second oldest home in the city of Auburn.

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, go to

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

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