It is a tradition at Meredith College for the senior class to work with The Meredith Fund Office to raise money in support of a necessary project on campus. The Senior Class Gift (SCG) is the fundraising campaign that enables seniors to further learn about philanthropy and the importance of giving back to the place they have called home for four years.
This past year, the SCG co-chairs (shown) Kaitlin Petruska, '14, and Grace Smith, ’14, began working in January to discuss campus projects that would benefit the entire College. Once the administration reviewed and approved the project, the co-chairs formed a committee of eight additional classmates and planned their SCG kick-off event for all seniors. The kickoff took place on March 24, 2014, and the co-chairs revealed that their class would have two project options. If the class raised $7,500, the project would be a continuation of the sidewalk near Jones Auditorium. If the class raised $11,500 or more, the project would be a continuation of the sidewalk along the front drive of campus leading to Hillsborough Street. Option two was a very ambitious goal and the most expensive gift in the history of SCG.
Seniors showed their enthusiastic support for this safety improvement project and began making their gifts immediately. To continue the giving momentum, the co-chairs and committee members made peer-to-peer asks to fellow classmates to help procure the necessary funds. With a lot of hard work, the Class of 2014 raised more than $13,000 and obtained 49% class participation. Additionally, 114 members of the class joined the Ivy Society – a giving society for young alumnae that requires a gift of $10 per month for 12 months (totaling $120 per year). Those who joined the Ivy Society will not only have a brick engraved with their name at the project site, but will also be granted special membership benefits throughout the year.
The Class of 2014 made history by raising the most money of any senior class. The ground breaking for the sidewalk project will begin summer 2015. We are extremely proud of our recent graduates and look forward to seeing what the Class of 2015 accomplishes during their SCG campaign this coming year!