Cumberland University


GE Foundation Matching Gifts Help Provide "Music to the Ears" for CU Students


Through the generosity of General Electric Foundation’s matching gifts program, students attending Cumberland University’s School of Humanities, Education and the Arts will have the opportunity to play on three new Kawai pianos when they return to campus later this month.

The delivery of the new pianos, two uprights and one 7.6 foot grand with a combined value of more than $90,000, has been the culmination of over a year-long effort to raise the funds needed to purchase these magnificent musical instruments according to Dr. Brian Kilian, Professor of Music.

A generous anonymous donor made the original gift to this project. As a retired employee of GE, the gift was matched by the GE Foundation. But this was not the end of the donor’s generosity or GE’s. The donor then worked with the Office of Advancement at Cumberland to issue a challenge to other donors to raise some of the additional funds needed. Other alumni and friends of the University met his challenge and that precipitated his second gift and still another matching gift from the GE Foundation. All of these combined efforts provided the funds needed to purchase the new pianos as well as provide for their annual maintenance.

The University plans to sponsor a free piano concert for the Lebanon community later this academic year to showcase the new instruments as well as to publicly acknowledge and thank all of the donors who made the purchase possible.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Kilian at (615) 547-1283.