This blog post was written by Alicia Fereday Hull, Philanthropy Officer for the Foster School.
When Carol Batchelder (BA 1955) gave her most recent gift to the Foster School of Business, she hit an incredible milestone. She has been giving to the Foster Difference Fund each year for the past 40 years. Beyond her commitment to business education at the university, Carol has served on the UW Foundation Board, is an active member of Alpha Phi and often travels abroad with the UWAA. On January 21st, Dean Jim Jiambalvo took a moment to recognize Carol for her generous support. Thank you Carol, for helping to advance the Foster School to where it is today.
Foster leaves a lasting impression. Alumni don’t just walk away with a degree. They walk away with the experience of a lifetime…and a lifelong commitment to the School.
That’s why the MBA class of 1980 celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005 by pooling funds to make a combined gift of over $37,000—more than double the total of individual gifts made the class the year before.
Since then other classes have followed suit. In every case, the collective totals have exceeded the amounts of previous years.
Although Foster structures the giving campaign, alumni like Coreen Nickerson (MBA 1996) and Kevin Scharpenberg (MBA 2006) pitch in to add their personal touch that makes the giving much more generous.
Kevin said of his work to collect donations back in 2006: “In two years with 100-plus classmates, you develop a pretty tightly knit community.” He believed the class gift would connect the alumni to each other as much as it would connect them to the School. It also helped them give back to the community that supported and challenged them during their two intense years in the program.
Coreen continues to be involved with reunions and soliciting donations because she still feels so connected to her class: “I had such a good experience that it”s an easy way to continue to enjoy that experience.”
Just as Foster leaves a lasting impression, a class donation leaves a lasting legacy, one that benefits future MBA classes, and continues to unite alumni with each other and the School.
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