Seniors show their support for Binghamton University
By Steve Seepersaud
Graduating seniors might be low on cash, but they are high on school spirit. By giving whatever they could, members of the Class of 2014 showed that small, individual gifts can have a collective impact. This year's Senior Challenge raised $2,582 through The Binghamton Fund, touching almost every area of campus.
"In the past, gifts to the Senior Challenge would be pooled for things like the outdoor patio area for the John Arthur Café, benches throughout campus and furnishings for the University Union bus lounge," says Caitlyn Carlson, director of The Binghamton Fund. "A new tradition began in the 2012-13 academic year where students can now designate their Senior Challenge gift to the area of campus that means the most to them personally. Many chose to give to the fund's greatest needs and the Binghamton Fund account for their schools."
This year, 177 seniors gave to The Binghamton Fund, more than doubling the previous year's figure of 74. The number of overall student donors increased in a similar fashion from 75 to 200. Andrew Loso '15, co-chair of the University's Student Philanthropy Committee, says he expects to see the student donor rate continue to grow going forward.
"I believe this campaign was successful because we began a conversation on campus and through methods such as the Telefund, tabling and personal solicitations, followed up on the dialogue and asked students to give in a way meaningful to them," Loso says.
Dillon Schade '16 also serves as committee co-chair and says he became involved because he is grateful for what he calls the unmatched opportunities that Binghamton provides.
"Binghamton is one of the few schools in the nation that has a 100-percent student-run government," Schade says. "Because of the Student Association, I've been able to thrive at Binghamton and develop myself as a leader and a person. It's impossible to place a monetary value on the skills I have acquired. No matter how much I give to Binghamton, it will never match what Binghamton has given me."
Alumni of all class years can have an impact on the University with a gift that is personally meaningful. All of the Student Philanthropy Committee members gave last year and they challenge alumni like you to join them and make a gift through The Binghamton Fund to the area of campus that meant the most when you were a student.
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