Guest essay by James H. Norman and Dr. Marvin A. McMickle suggests racism underlies poverty issues

Leaders of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative James H. Norman, CEO of Action for a Better Community and CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently co-authored an essay entitled, "The Reality of Racism." The essay, published on January 3, 2016 in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle, answers key questions concerning poverty and its underlying causes.  Both Mr. Norman and Dr. McMickle serve on the Anti-Poverty Initiative committee and are co-chairs of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative's Structural Racism Resource Team.

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An Indictment is not a Conviction by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

The recent indictment of the police officer accused of killing Tamir Rice angered many people, including CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle.

Dr. McMickle spoke out on this issue in the December 28, 2015 issue of the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle. Read the article here:

Merry Christmas from CRCDS!

WIN_20151213_163704Dear Friends,

In just a few hours, we will gather together with friends and family to celebrate the joyful birth of the Christ child. While we contemplate the joy this Good News brings to our world, we offer special thanks for you and for each and every member of the CRCDS family.

On behalf of all of us at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, I wish you a blessed Christmas and happy, healthy 2016.

Peace to you,


Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School


6th Annual "Bells on the Hill" brings hundreds to CRCDS

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, several hundred visitors filled the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel for the 6th Annual CRCDS "Bells on the Hill."

One of the most popular events at CRCDS brought new and old friends together and included the singing of Christmas carols, ringing of the Tower Bells, and a special moment of silence and tolling of the bells, dedicated to victims of violence in our world. Rev. Diane Bogues, Student Recruiter at CRCDS, recited the poem, "For Our World" by 11-year old Mattie Stepanek.

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Many families and young children were in attendance and several "took to the stage" to participate in the festivities. Click here to watch a video recording of this beautiful evening:







BREAKING NEWS: Permanent IRA Charitable Rollover Signed Into Law

Last Friday, President Obama signed legislation allowing individuals to make distributions from IRA accounts directly to an eligible charity, like Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. This law extends retroactively to January 1, 2015 and is now permanent going forward.

If you have a traditional or Roth IRA and are 70 1/2 years old or older, you are able to transfer assets – tax-free – from your IRA to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. This is a great opportunity for those who want to use their IRA to support CRCDS or other qualified charitable organizations.

To take advantage of the extension for 2015, donors need to arrange a direct transfer from their IRA to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) by December 31 to count against their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2015. Direct transfers from IRAs to CRCDS made earlier in 2015 in anticipation of the IRA charitable rollover being extended will also count. Since the IRA charitable rollover now has no expiration date, donors will have the ability to plan their IRA RMDs to support CRCDS with the knowledge that the charitable IRA rollover is available.

Key provisions of the law include:

-Donor must be 70 1/2 or older on the date of the distribution
-Must be from a traditional IRA (certain Roth IRAs can benefit, too)
-Distribution must come directly from the IRA administrator to OWU
-Distributions may be made up to $100,000 per person.

To make your gift, simply contact your IRA administrator as soon as possible and share your intentions.

It is very important that you inform Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School of your pending Charitable IRA Rollover gift so we can provide the required donor acknowledgement in a timely fashion. Please inform us of the approximate amount of the transfer and the name of the IRA administrator so we can

identify and process your gift correctly.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Thomas McDade Clay, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at CRCDS, at (585) 305-0326 or