I got an email before break about the Class Gift Campaign, and I even went out to the Web site to see more about it. I kind of get it, but I kind of don’t. More details, please?
IWU, like many schools, has a tradition of seniors giving a class gift before they graduate. Each senior has historically given a contribution equal to his or her class year. Those who graduated in 2001, for example, were each asked to give $20.01 in their last semester. For years this has been very successful, as the majority of graduating seniors have participated, and the classes have left various treasures (benches, clocks, signs, etc) behind for future students…you guys. The down side is that many of these same students would fail to renew their giving the following year as alumni—and the very purpose of the class gift is to introduce students to giving back…forever. Because as you’re probably now very aware, the University needs financial support.
So the Class Gift Campaign is a new twist on an old favorite. Instead of asking you to give, say, $20.12 in your senior year, you’re being asked to give $5 in each of your first three years and then the remaining $5.12 in your senior year. From what I understand, the point is that you’re giving no more money than you would have the old way, but by breaking it up over your four years you can understand how philanthropy works—that each and every year of your life, giving SOMETHING back is important.
You might be surprised how poorly compensated I am for being an all-knowing mascot for a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, but despite that, I make sure I give back each and every year. Also, if you want to check out on the Web site at www.iwu.edu/classgift WHY it’s important to give back, you’ll probably get schooled as to how we rely on alumni dollars.
Now go, T., and spread the word! Tommy gives back, and so can you…