Undergraduates Take The Babson Rising Campaign To A New Level

The Babson Class of 2013 Steering Committee today launched The Pig is the Limit, a new undergraduate fundraising initiative which will accompany Babson’s The Sky is the Limit campaign in the goal to raise $20 million over the next 100 days.

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The Babson Class of 2013 Steering Committee today announced the launch of The Pig is the Limit, a new undergraduate fundraising initiative which will accompany Babson’s The Sky is the Limit campaign in the goal to raise $20 million over the next 100 days. The Committee—comprised of Babson undergraduate students Christine Symecko, Tyler Murphy, Matt Muller, Christy Laubach, Jen DeLacey, and Feng Shan Wang, along with their advisor Gerri Randlett, Class Dean—kicked off the event by making a $500 donation to the College on behalf of the entire Class of 2013.
Throughout the past year, the Steering Committee has been working with Laura Bucci, former Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy, to help foster a philanthropic mindset among undergraduate students. “Our goal is to show students that giving back to the community is something that anyone can do, no matter what the amount,” said Muller. “That’s why we coordinated with Laura to create the Give Big to the Pig philanthropy program.”
Give Big to the Pig is an initiative that students are encouraged to participate in from the day that they arrive on campus as first year students. Undergraduates are provided with a small piggy bank which they can deposit spare change and small bills into. The money from the banks is periodically collected at events called “Piggy Round-Ups.” Symecko noted, “It’s very easy for students to take change from their everyday transactions—like buying coffee at Dunkin Donuts—and put it in their pig. These deposits may be a small amount, but they add up over time to make a big difference.”
The initiative won the 2011 Sillerman Prize for Innovations in Philanthropy on College Campuses amidst competition from rival institutions including Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. “We couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of the Babson community, which is why we’re giving $500 of the prize to the college,” said Laubach. “Our goal is to practice what we preach."
“When President Schlesinger announced the campaign to raise $20 million over the next 100 days, we wanted to ensure that undergraduates were able to be involved,” remarked Murphy. “It makes sense to use the Give Big to the Pig paradigm that students are already familiar with, but also incorporate the added twist of combining with The Sky is the Limit.” In order to promote the event, the Committee created a series of humorous posters with slogans like “Hambition,” “When Pigs Fly,” and “Share the Bacon.” Murphy added, “It is our hope that, throughout the semester, students will have the ambition to make a difference and ‘Share the Bacon’ to support the priorities that President Schlesinger outlined in his address last Friday.”
Students should start putting away loose change in preparation for the first Piggy Round-Up of the Fall semester, slated to be held in early October. Over the next three months, numerous Round-Ups will be coordinated to ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in this momentous time for Babson College. According to DeLacey, “We want to see as many people at these events as possible. Not just because it’s a fun time, but because we want to show Babson just how much undergraduates care about improving our school.”
In light of the passing of Ted Grossman—a teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, and inspiration to so many in the Babson community—the Steering Committee has designated its donation to the “Ted Grossman Memorial Fund at Babson College.” The “Ted Grossman Memorial Fund at Babson College” will support the cross-campus initiative “Bridging the Cultural Divide through Entrepreneurship” which currently brings Israeli and Palestinian students together to further their education in entrepreneurship, while building a spirit of peace and understanding through teamwork and collaboration.

 


By Michael Chmura , | 09/29/2011 10:30