An Immediate Impact for Colgate Students
Through this one day of giving, parents were able to make a difference that will be felt by students right away, and in the near future. Favorite designations of parents who gave during this challenge were the Colgate Fund, the Colgate Athletics Council, spendable internships, and the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. University program administrators were moved by the response.
“Support for the Colgate Fund was overwhelming,” remarked Jennifer Stone, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Director of Annual Giving and Professional Networks.
“This fund helps provide for the university’s most pressing needs, so Colgate is made instantly stronger through these gifts.”
Brian Grady, Assistant Athletics Director for Advancement, agreed. "Funds raised by parents on Colgate Day and designated to the Colgate Athletic Council will have an immediate impact on all of our student-athletes. Gifts are critical in supporting our teams, providing resources for everything from enhancements in training equipment to expanding opportunities in the areas of academic support services and internships. Our student-athletes would not be as successful without the annual support of parents."
Another great example of immediate impact felt on campus is in the funding program that supports students' internships, research, service, or supplemental academic experiences. Through a rigorous process, this spring, Colgate selected over 250 students to receive these grants, at a cost of approximately $660,000. By the morning of the giving challenge, 17 of these 250 deserving students remained on the waitlist, their status contingent upon available funds.
"Throughout Colgate Day, and in the following days, we were able to pull all remaining the students from the waitlist, thanks to the generosity of parents and alumni," explained Teresa Olsen, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Career Services. "It is incredible to share this news with the students. With each notification, you literally feel an immediate impact that a gift makes to that student's ability to access such important experiences in their professional lives."
Mari Assad, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Special Events, is excited about the experiences her team will be able to create with additional funding. "These gifts will help us bring global leaders to campus and give students insight from those at the forefront of world affairs,” she said. Some past speakers include General Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“The participation of parents during the Colgate Day challenge was phenomenal,” said Heather Payne, Assistant Director of Parent Giving. “Every dollar that was raised will be felt by the students currently on this campus. The university and our students cannot thank parents enough for their support.”
MAKE A GIFT
It’s not too late to make an impact! Make a gift to Colgate before June 30 by visiting colgate.edu/makeagift
, through Venmo @colgateuniv
, or by calling 800-668-4428.
For more information, contact Heather Payne, assistant director of parent giving, at 315-228-6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org