Young alums show support
Jack Stock, director of Major Gifts at Kettering, reports that Kettering's young alumni are making big strides in supporting the institution following graduation from the University.
Jack Stock, director of Major Gifts at Kettering, reports that Kettering's young alumni are making big strides in supporting the institution following graduation from the University. Based on data as of April 2003, there are 33 young alumni who comprise the Leaders Endowment, which is a group of newer graduates dedicated to developing the leadership skills of current students and supporting the school through a $10,000 commitment over a 10-year period of time. Young graduates who join Leaders Endowment also gain membership to the President's Council, a group that represents a variety of organizational occupations and members who provide feedback and input to help the University retain its competitive edge.
Kettering established the Leaders Endowment to help bolster financial giving to the school and create a forum in which to develop the leadership skills of current students by drawing on the experiences and energy of young alumni who wish to make a positive impact on the University following graduation. Typically, institutions of higher education rely on older alumni to support their alma mater financially. But at Kettering, younger alums are also taking a proactive role through financial involvement and participating in the Leaders Endowment. Although Kettering recognizes the importance of older alumni in supporting the school, University officials recognize the important contributions of younger alumni in contributing monetarily and are quick to applaud their efforts.
Since the Leaders Endowment is part of the President's Council, Stock hopes to increase participating in the Council from its current level of 450 individuals to 2,000 in the next five years. Additionally, Stock said that he and Dr. Patrick Deese, dean of students and vice president of Student Affairs, are working with the Leaders Endowment group to increase the donor base to 200 during this period. Deese currently overseas the work and coordination of activities associated with the group.
"Before the start of a new campaign, alumni who are not members of the Leaders Endowment and President's Council still have time to establish their own stake today by making a contribution to the school," Stock said. Individuals who work for companies may also be eligible to receive a matching gift from their employer. Interested parties should check with their human resources departments to verify whether or not this option is available.
For individuals who wish to become a member of the Leaders Endowment, contact Dr. Patrick Deese, dean of students and vice president of Student Affairs, at (810) 762-9872. For more on how to participate in the Leaders Endowment, contact Jack Stock at (810) 762-7873, or via e-mail at email@example.com.