Bennett College Receives Two Major Gifts In One Day

Bennett College Receives Two Major Gifts In One Day

8:13am Jan 25, 2019
Bennett College officials including President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins (second from right) accept $500,000 gift from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. BETHANY CHAFIN/WFDD

Bennett College in Greensboro has received $1 million in less than 24 hours, thanks to two large gifts.

Early Thursday the school tweeted that the Papa John's Foundation had donated $500,000.

At a press conference later that day, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announced that it will give Bennett College half a million dollars as well.

Executive Director Maurice Green says the foundation’s support aligns with the group’s values as an organization.

“The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has been a longtime supporter of education and seeks to promote efforts around racial and gender equity," he says.

Bennett College is seeking to raise $5 million by February 1 in an effort to save its accreditation. With the new gifts, it has collected $2.7 million so far.

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