Four student-led fundraising campaigns have brought $23,519.88 in donations and matching gifts to the Carlson School. Class gifts have become a Carlson School tradition. Led by committees of student volunteers, these campaigns give graduating students an opportunity to give back and leave a legacy at the school.
This year, four graduating classes—Master of Accounting (MAcc), Full-Time MBA, Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MA-HRIR), and Undergraduate—each mounted a philanthropic effort using the University of Minnesota's crowdfunding site.
The inaugural MAcc class gift surpassed its $500 goal, raising $821.44 from 18 donors, with 43 percent of the MAcc Class of 2016 participating. The funds raised benefit the newly established Carlson School Master of Accountancy Program Fund, which will be used for student support, alumni events, and networking activities.
The MA-HRIR Class Gift campaign was record-setting, both in terms of dollars raised and participation. Forty-eight donors contributed a total of $1,100.60, plus they earned a $1,000 matching gift sponsored by John and Nancy Lindahl. More than 58 percent of the MA-HRIR Class of 2016 participated in this effort, which will benefit the Center for Human Resources and Labor Students program fund.
Graduating Full-Time MBA students participated at the highest rate of the four campaigns: 85 percent. They raised $5,068.48 from 94 donors and earned a $5,000 match provided by the Lindahls. The MBA Class Gift will be used to improve the quality of the Carlson School MBA experience in discreet but meaningful ways, such as providing healthy food options and gestures/ gifts to students in times of bereavement.
The 2016 Undergraduate Senior Class Gift totaled $10,529.36 – including $4,529.36 contributed by 226 donors online, plus a $5,000 2-to-1 match from the Lindahls and $1,000 in challenge funds from Undergraduate Program Associate Dean Raj Singh. In the final week of their campaign, the students were challenged to reach 200 senior contributors – a new record – and when they accomplished this feat, Singh donated $1,000 of his own funds. In total, 37 percent of Carlson School seniors participated in the class gift, which will benefit health and wellness programming for undergraduates.
Collectively, these four class gift campaigns reached an unprecedented level of success. Many thanks go to the dedicated students who led the efforts and to John and Nancy Lindahl who sponsored the three matching gifts.