Philanthropy Week: Students Support Mason

Posted: April 11, 2014 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 14, 2014 at 7:08 am

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By Corey Jenkins Schaut

Students pledge gifts on North Plaza

Last year’s student philanthropy event was held on the North Plaza. This year, an entire week of activities is planned. Photo by Alexis Glenn

During next week’s first-ever Philanthropy Week, George Mason University students have the opportunity to help each other by being philanthropists.

It’s something Patriots already do, according to Dana Kaasik, MPA ’13. She received a College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Challenge Award last year to help her complete her graduate degree. The award comes from a fund that included contributions from students.

“It is an honor to have other students support my success and to have been a part of a student body who so obviously desires to make the world a better place,” she says.

Philanthropy Week educates students on the impact of giving to George Mason and encourages them to make their first gift to the university. While an annual student giving campaign has occurred over the past few years, this is the first year a weeklong celebration will take place, according to assistant director of development Claire Forman, BA Global Affairs and Latin American Studies ’09, who is leading the effort.

“Thousands of students have made donations to support Mason in recent years,” says Forman. “I’m thrilled to see the entire campus rallying behind Philanthropy Week in an effort to show support for their fellow students.”

Each day has a theme:

  • Monday, April 14, is Awareness Day: Informational signs will educate the campus community about philanthropy’s impact. At 8 p.m., students can attend an outdoor screening of the documentary “I AM” on the SUB I Quad (the Johnson Center Cinema is the rain location).
  • Tuesday, April 15, is Participation Day: Students can make a gift to Mason to support the area of their choice at a carnival on the Johnson Center North Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features funnel cake, WGMU DJs and a photo booth.
  • Wednesday, April 16, is Inspiration Day: The Mason Ambassadors host the Fifth Annual GBAY student scholarship benefit auction in the Johnson Center Atrium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Since 2010, the event has raised nearly $40,000 for the university’s general scholarship fund.
  • Thursday, April 17, is Appreciation Day: Students are encouraged to thank donors by writing a note, tweeting, posting to Facebook, or posting a photo expressing appreciation. A thank-you station will be on the Johnson Center North Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 18, is Spirit Friday: End the week by wearing your green and gold in appreciation of everything philanthropy makes possible at Mason.

To learn more, visit or follow @FutureMasonAlum on Twitter (#PhilanthropyWeek).

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