Graduating students have demonstrated strong philanthropic support for UNC Kenan-Flagler, led by an impressive 93 percent giving participation rate among full-time MBA students and $16,616 raised through the 2015 Class Campaign.
Vanessa Wittman (BSBA ’89), chief financial officer at Dropbox, played a key role in the success of the campaign, issuing a giving challenge to the graduating classes and pledging a generous $10,000 contribution to the campaign in honor of the first class to reach 90 percent giving participation – a distinction earned by students in the full-time MBA Program.
Together, 595 graduating students from the Undergraduate Business, MAC, MBA and MBA@UNC Programs have donated to their respective class campaigns. Their gifts totaling $76,037 will have an immediate and tangible impact on the Business School by helping fund strategic priorities ranging from faculty professorships to international study opportunities for students.
Highlights of this year’s student giving effort include the Undergraduate Business Program’s victory over the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in a “100 Days of Giving” competition and a tremendously successful one-day giving blitz that resulted in $11,516 raised from 164 donors.
– Dr. Manoj “Bobby” Wunnava (EMBA ’14)
The success of this year’s class campaigns can be largely attributed to the efforts of student volunteers like Kerry Rigley (MBA ’15).
“The Class of 2015 shares a collective belief that by giving back to the School, we will be able to help other people partake in the incredible experiences we shared as students,” says Rigley. “We recognize it was not just our tuition dollars, but also alumni contributions that made our student experiences what they were. We are excited to continue the partnership between students and alumni in our new roles as members of the alumni community.”
June 30 marks the end of the class campaigns and the final day of the 2014-15 fiscal year. As of June 1, 3,417 alumni have contributed more than $2.5 million to The Fund for UNC Kenan-Flagler. Although alumni support is strong, these totals are well below the alumni giving levels at many of our peer business schools.
Additional support is critical, particularly when state funding is at an all-time low. Dr. Manoj “Bobby” Wunnava (EMBA ’14), division chief of pain medicine for the UNC Department of Anesthesiology, is one of many UNC Kenan-Flagler graduates who understand the importance of alumni giving.
“As someone who has been a faculty member and student at the same time, I know firsthand the critical importance of alumni support,” says Wunnava. “Without it, UNC would simply not be able to recruit excellent faculty and the best students, and we wouldn’t be able to provide them with the services expected from a top-ranked institution.”
If you have not given this fiscal year or would like to give again, please click here to demonstrate your support. Gifts of all sizes make a difference and help UNC Kenan-Flagler maintain its position as a top business school.
A special thanks to the student volunteers whose hard work and dedication helped make this year’s class campaigns successful:
Undergraduate Business: Evan Benkert, Erin Mack, Carly Wolberg, Dillion Vess, Sasha Seymore, Brian McClintock, Catherine White, Olivia Frere, Angela Zhou, Naintara Viswanath and Connor Belson
MAC: Veronica Butler and Andrew Sprouse
MBA: Kerry Rigley, Brannen Blazer, Jeff Chen, Rafael Couto, Alex Dea, John Duckett, Brian Flickinger, Cameron Guice, Isaac Hacerola, Hiro Hada, George Hayward, David Healy, Keaton Hurt, Dario Kuperman, Ben Liebtag, Ed Lorenz, Roawin Luo, Jason Perocho, George Purrington, Carson Putnam, Christine Shaner, Louis Smart, Jessica Fischburg Tripicco, Charles Townsend and Rebecca Wren
MBA@UNC: Dean Hommer, Christy Brown, Kurt Peterson, Raffaele Giarnella, Shandra Perkins, Teresa Douglas, Cole Buckfelder and Jason Liberty