Forward March: Philanthropy Program Growing in Popularity
Participation in the University of Findlay’s Graduating Class Philanthropy Honor Cord Program is rising considerably each year as students’ altruism expands.
The national program, which was adopted at UF in 2016, includes financial, educational and service components by requiring community service, contribution to the class gift of at least the amount the year totals ($20.18 this year), and attendance at a philanthropic learning event. Those who meet the requirements wear dark green cords at commencement.
The Class of 2018 gave its donations to the Findlay Forward Scholarship Fund. A basketball 3-point shooting contest among members of the University’s six colleges determined an incoming freshman in the College of Pharmacy will be the class’ scholarship recipient for the upcoming academic year.
According to Kelly Anderson, director of annual giving, 202 financial gifts were received this year, up from 147 in 2017 and 106 in 2016. Overall senior contributions for undergraduates and graduate students totaled just over $4,200. Those who proudly wore philanthropy cords at this year’s commencement totaled 186.
The student-run Graduating Class Philanthropy Cord Honor Program is part of UF’s humanitarian-focused mission that is initially emphasized with first-year students taking part in orientation service projects that help residents, organizations and businesses throughout the region. Other efforts, such as Oilers Serving Abroad, Dance Marathon and Habitat for Humanity campus chapter provide continuous opportunities for students to assist in various ways throughout their academic career.
“Our program’s specialty is teaching people to serve the community, giving back to others and being an example to others,” said Anderson. She noted the innovative, award-winning program has been recognized by groups such as the Independent College Advancement Association.
This program, Anderson explained, with its peer-to-peer buy-in, helps establish a foundation for lifelong giving and community service.