Donating to your alma mater, even a small amount, can have a significant impact. It's not just about the monetary value, but the collective effort of all alumni. As Bella Avanessian, a Daffy member and Brown University alumna, pointed out, "If a greater percentage of alumni donated even a small amount, the difference we make would be greater."
Your donation can help support students who are less fortunate, struggling with loan debt, or facing other challenges. It can also fund research, scholarships, and other programs that enrich the educational experience. For instance, Hank Fung, a civil engineer at Los Angeles County, donates to the College of Engineering at his alma mater to help fund their research and scholarship fund.
Moreover, donating to your alma mater can be a fun and meaningful way to show your school pride and inspire others to give. You can use your graduating year as your donation amount, donate to specific programs or departments, or even honor friends and family by donating to their alma maters.
When it comes to the question of how much to give, remember that there's no such thing as 'not giving enough.' What's important is to give what feels most comfortable to you. As Carol Lee Stephan, an attorney and gift planning director at Advocate Aurora Health, said, "I donate to Kent State because I got a good start there... It feels great to give to a cause I care about, and I continue to give a little more every year."
If you're considering donating to your alma mater, Daffy is a great option for a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF). With Daffy, you can easily manage your charitable giving and make a difference in the lives of future generations of students. Whether you're a recent graduate or thinking about giving back years down the road, Daffy can help you make a meaningful contribution to your alma mater.
So, are you ready to start giving? Remember, even a small amount can make a big difference. Cheers to the graduating class of 2022 and to all alumni who are making a difference through their donations!
Please note that the information contained on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be considered tax advice. Any calculations are intended to be illustrative and do not reflect all of the potential complexities of individual tax returns. To assess your specific tax situation, please consult with a tax professional.