Extraordinary students...extraordinary results

Extraordinary students...extraordinary results

Jan 14
Marise Robbins-Forbes, ACES Director of Development, Crop Science and NRES
  
This Friday is a special day. We will celebrate philanthropy in the Champaign-Urbana community as the East Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honors significant volunteers and philanthropists through its National Philanthropy Day event. As a past- President of the ECI AFP, this event is always near and dear to my heart. This year will be particularly special as we celebrate the ACES Student Advancement Committee winning the ECI AFP Outstanding Youth Fundraiser award. So extraordinary was the SAC accomplishment that in my opinion, if this were an ongoing competition, SAC might well hold on to this award for decades to come. This award is being given to ACES SAC to honor the path-breaking, student-led efforts of ACES students last April through the “I Pay it Forward Students Helping Students” campaign. This scholarship campaign broke not only the student giving record for the college, but also the campus. More than 1,100 donors (of which 900 were students) raised $17,000 in one month! The passion exhibited by all involved (including Stacey Cole as their tireless facilitator) set the standard for student philanthropy across the campus. The impact was immediate. In August 2014, 17 students received their ACES Student-funded scholarships of $1,000. A quick turnaround and true testament to students caring for students. Way to pay it forward ACES students!