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Philanthropy Week: Students Say Thanks and Give Back

University students sponsored a table to promote the Student Philanthropy Council as a high point of the national Philanthropy Week in late October, early November. They invited their fellow students to sign a postcard of gratitude to the university’s donors and to join the Council. New members were treated to a tie dye table where they could create an individualized shirt to show their pride. One student wrote in her postcard to a donor:

"Thank you so much for supporting UMass Boston. I wouldn’t be here with your generous contribution!”

Lauren, Management major

The Council was established last year to connect to students with alumni by supporting the UMass Boston Fund. Each year Council members designate student gifts to a priority of their choosing.

Edmund Fongang, a student who reaches out to alumni and friends through the UMass Boston Fund’s calling program, believes that the most motivating reason he offers potential donors is “that your gift is going to help students directly.”

He adds that as a student he observes how difficult it is for so many of his peers to find the resources needed to stay in school. “Scholarships, made possible by private gifts, make it a lot easier.”

If you supported UMass Boston recently, don't forget to check your mail for your thank you note!



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