College celebrates Student Philanthropy Day on Feb. 18

Marietta College is celebrating Student Philanthropy Day Thursday, Feb. 18, as part of SAA week activities sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

In an effort to inform current students and future alumni about the importance of philanthropy to a small liberal arts college like Marietta, the Student Alumni Association is partnering with the Senior Challenge committee for this special day.

“Our goal is to promote a spirit of philanthropy across the Marietta College campus,” said Susan Allender, Senior Challenge Advisor and Assistant Director of the Marietta Fund. “At Marietta College, we are truly fortunate to have so many generous donors who support our mission. Students may hear about larger gifts to help with the construction of a new building or to fund a specific scholarship. But many students may not realize that Marietta College has thousands of individual donors each year, including alumni, parents, faculty and staff who contribute directly to their educational experience with annual gifts to the Marietta Fund.”

Every gift to the Marietta Fund, regardless of the size, makes a difference. These individual gifts provide support for all areas of the College such as scholarships and financial aid, academic programs, student life activities, internship opportunities and athletic programs. All students receive a direct benefit from donations to the Marietta Fund since these gifts help to bridge the gap between the tuition they pay versus the actual cost of a Marietta education. That difference is currently close to $8,000 per student each year.

In addition to educating all students about the importance of philanthropy, this day is especially significant for members of the 2010 Senior Class. They will be asked to take part in the Senior Challenge program, a long-standing tradition at Marietta College, and make their first gift to their soon-to-be alma mater.

This year the Senior Challenge committee chose “175 Years—A Little Change Can Go A Long Way” as the theme for the campaign. The committee has distributed piggy banks to each member of the senior class with a message to start saving their loose change.  They may turn in their change on Philanthropy Day or at various times throughout the semester. These donations will be included in the 2010 class gift supporting the Senior Challenge program, which will be presented to President Jean Scott during Commencement exercises in May.

Everyone who makes a pledge or gift on Philanthropy Day will receive a special blue and white “I support the Marietta Fund” button. In addition, all seniors who participate in the Senior Challenge program will also receive a gold Class of 2010 lapel pin to wear on their gown during Commencement.

To kick off the Philanthropy Day activities, a theme dinner has been planned for Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Gilman Dining Hall and will include a special menu and an information table. Senior Challenge committee members will be available to answer questions and take pledges on Wednesday evening and also Tuesday through Thursday during the lunch hour in Upper Gilman. Committee members are also planning to make short presentations about philanthropy to various organizations and classes across campus this week.

To get more information about Philanthropy Day or the Senior Challenge campaign, please visit this website or contact a Senior Challenge committee member.