Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, as we slide head-on in to the holiday season! Inboxes and the more traditional snail-mailboxes will fill with financial appeals from many different organizations and causes. All these requests for gifts may cause one to ask, “What difference will my gift make?”
This question is particularly common when someone is being asked to support a general or unrestricted fund, one that could be used for any purpose within an organization. But, those gifts, collectively are making a large impact! Last year, more than 1,000 donors contributed nearly $300,000 to the College of ACES Annual Fund. This collaborative effort of generous donors provides for student experiential learning and professional development opportunities, supports alumni and external relations, and helps meet the essential needs of the college.
There are similar funds to support in each of the individual departments, divisions, and programs in the college. These funds are often used to ensure we continue to fulfill the land-grant mission of learning, research, and outreach. They provide for the replacement or unexpected repair of lab or teaching equipment. They cover student attendance at a professional meeting or are used to bring a speaker to campus.
Gifts to the College of ACES Annual Fund, and others like it, allow leadership to respond to the changing needs of researchers, students, and communities across the state.In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we extend gratitude to all those who have supported the college with their time, talents, and gifts throughout the last year. As Giving Tuesday approaches, consider what your part can be in the collective impact of donors and friends to the College of ACES.