Our Passions & Gift Choices
At the start of the campaign, we made a pledge to give U.Va. $1 million, which will be divided among five areas that we are especially passionate about: the
Half of our gift comes without strings attached. The other half comes as a challenge to alumni who are either not yet donors or not yet in the habit of making gifts on a regular basis.
Curiously enough, even though the vast majority of alumni who earned undergraduate degrees from U.Va. report that they are “highly satisfied” with the education they received, only about 25 percent of them support the institution financially.
As alumni who cherished and benefited from our undergraduate years at U.Va., we can—and should—do much better than that.
We want to see the number of alumni donors with undergraduate degrees grow by 5 percent each year (6,300 new donors) to reach a total of 31,500. Every year that our challenge is met, we’ll send the University $100,000. By the time The Barber Challenge ends in 2011, this will total $500,000—the full second half of our $1 million pledge.
In other words, every year during the challenge that you step up and support U.Va. in sufficient numbers, we’ll step up, too.
Why does increasing the number of alumni who financially support U.Va. matter?
We Intend to Keep Supporting U.Va. Year After Year.
What about you? Which areas of U.Va. are you passionate enough about that you’d be willing to skip a dinner out one night this year in order to make a gift of $25 or $50? Or, if you have achieved a level of financial success and can afford something larger, what program, department or school would you like to thank for its influence on your life?
By showing our appreciation together, we alumni—whether we’re newly graduated or well-established in our careers—can make a big difference in the lives of current students and faculty.
One gift. Any size. Every year. That’s all it takes to meet The Barber Challenge.