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Giving Competition promotes school pride among Fox students, rewards SPOs

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With an alumni network of more than 59,000 and counting, Fox School of Business graduates are hard pressed to stroll through a Philadelphia office without spotting a red Temple “T” sticker expressing a fellow alum’s school pride.

“Fox students love their school,” said Kimberly Hamm, assistant director of development and alumni relations. But when it comes to alumni donations, “some aren’t always sure how to show it.”

Junior finance major Daniel Bastidas is striving to change that. As this year’s chairman of the Fox Student Giving Committee, he’s busy encouraging students to develop a strong ethos of alumni giving. Between October and April, Bastidas’ organization is coordinating a giving competition among Fox’s Student Professional Organizations (SPOs) in hopes of prompting at least 400 students to show their pride through donations.

“It’s important for students to understand the value of alumni gifts,” Hamm said. “Since alumni giving affects schools’ rankings, a gift to your alma mater is also an investment in the value of your degree.”

The Fox Student Giving Committee has been staffing a table Thursdays in Alter Hall and collecting donations from students. Donors are free to credit the funds to an SPO of their choice. The SPOs claiming the largest number of donors will be recognized by the Fox Cherry Society, which honors student and recent alumni donors, and may also gain access to additional funding for club activities.

The funds students donate will be used for scholarships, likely for financing a future Fox student’s study abroad experience or offsetting tuition costs. Students interested in funding this scholarship and rewarding a favorite SPO can make a donation of any amount here.

Founded only last year with guidance from Hamm, the Fox Student Giving Committee has already raised more than $1,000 and placed a bench on Liacouras Walk in honor of students’ generosity. Bastidas’ challenge is to beat that record, and his team is spreading the message using Twitter, Facebook and traditional media.

But success isn’t just measured in dollars, Bastidas said. “This is about building a closer-knit Fox community. Five years from now, when students have successful careers and more to give, they will have already developed a sense of pride in supporting Fox.”