Today’s guest blogger is Maeve Strathy. As an educational fundraiser, she often answers the question, “Why Give to Your School?” in her efforts to persuade alumni to support their alma mater. Thanks, Maeve for sharing your thoughts with us!
Why Give to your Alma Mater?
Why Give? … because then you can put your money where your mouth is.
As an undergrad, it used to make me nuts when my peers complained ad nauseum about all the things that were wrong with our university. It wasn’t that I didn’t see room for change myself, because I did. It made me crazy when they complained because I had this gut feeling that they would never make donations to the school as alumni. What does one have to do with the other? Well, making donations to your alma mater allows you to put your money where your mouth is.
And of course that doesn’t just have to do with the things you want changed at your school. In fact, it’s more often than not that people give to things they love… but you rarely hear undergrads talking about how much they love their university, don’t you?
If I had a fantastic experience in my university’s English department – which I did – then I have the opportunity to give back and designate my funds there, to show my gratitude for the great education I received. If I’m frustrated at rising tuition costs and decreasing government support, then I have the opportunity to donate towards scholarships and bursaries, allowing deserving students to attend the school whose insignia I’m proud to have on my degree. If I think the school isn’t accessible enough for differently abled individuals, I have the opportunity to designate my donation to improving accessibility on campus.
Giving is an opportunity to make change and/or show gratitude. I have been given so much by my alma mater, so I choose to give back.
About the Author:
Maeve Strathy works for Trinity College School’s advancement office as their Alumni Development Officer.
She engages the grads of the last decade (GOLD) and manages their Annual Giving (including the 5 & 10-year reunion classes), acts as the primary liaison between the advancement office and Alumni Association, organizes and executes many alumni events, manages the alumni mentorship programme, supports the 150th anniversary capital campaign, and much more!
Connect with Maeve on Twitter: @fundraisermaeve
Read her blog: www.WhatGivesPhilanthropy.com