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Trustee Challenge Propels Annual Giving

As this year’s Annual Fund campaign nears its end, members of the HWS community have the opportunity to join a “Trustee Challenge” in which gifts to the Colleges will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 between now and Friday, May 31.

Initiated by a generous pledge from a member of the Board of Trustees, this HWS fundraising effort invites alumni, alumnae, parents and all members of the HWS community to show their commitment to the Colleges by making a contribution of any size to The Annual Fund. Gifts can be made to the Colleges by visiting the online giving section of the HWS website or by using one of the following methods:

  • Mail: A check may be sent to the Office of Advancement, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456
  • Phone: 1-877-HWS-GIFT
  • Cell: Text HWS and your name to 20222 to make a $10 donation
  • Or to make a gift of securities, visit

“Making a gift during the Trustee Challenge is a great way for people to show their support for the Colleges,” says Director of The Annual Fund Skylar Beaver ’08. “It’s a way of saying, ‘I believe in HWS and I’m giving it my vote of confidence.'”

Gifts made to The Annual Fund help to secure key resources necessary for the Colleges and for student success, helping to ensure that they go on to lead lives of consequence. The Annual Fund is used for key areas at HWS, including technology, campus heritage, sustainability efforts, scholarships and financial aid, and student life.

Beaver says thousands of gifts were made to the Colleges throughout the year, but that there is still time to continue fundraising efforts and that May traditionally tends to be a significant time for giving. The Trustee Challenge aims to boost the number of gifts made to the Colleges in the coming days.

“The Trustee Challenge can be an important opportunity to live up to the slogan, ‘Opening Worlds … Together,'” Beaver says. “The generosity of every single gift that is made truly helps to make a difference.”

Last year, The Annual Fund had an overall participation rate of 30 percent, raising $3.1 million. The goal is to reach $3.2 million for the 2012-2013 Annual Fund cycle.

“The Annual Fund provides the resources needed to accelerate the current momentum enjoyed by the Colleges,” says Jared Weeden ’91, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “Our Board has reinforced the importance of this message with The Trustee Challenge, and we’re confident our alumni, alumnae, parents and friends will rally to bring this year’s campaign to a successful close on May 31.”

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