Legacy Gift Lets Students Give Back

8 Jul

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When graduating DePaul students pick up their caps and gowns each spring, they also have a chance to leave something behind: a gift in support of future generations. The Legacy Gift program, now in its third year, encourages graduating students to give back to future DePaul Blue Demons.

This year’s Legacy Gift broke records with more than 1,600 donors from the Class of 2013 and over $21,000 total. Gifts ranged from $1 to the class year ($20.13) and beyond. Everyone who donated received a red legacy cord to wear at commencement.

The Legacy Gift relies on students to spread the word to their peers. The 2013 Legacy Gift Committee included 25 members who brainstormed ways to involve others, attended Countdown to Graduation events and spoke in senior Capstone classes. “Our focus was to just get them involved, and students seemed really receptive to that,” says committee member Oliver Debe (BUS ’13).

The Legacy Gift Committee also used social media to drum up enthusiasm. Members posted each week on the Class of 2013 Facebook group with photos of their favorite DePaul memories and reasons they wanted to give back. “It was great to see students who really cared about giving back to DePaul and wanted to see their classmates give, too,” says John Palmares (CSH ’07), Office of Alumni Relations assistant director.

Students who donated to the Legacy Gift enjoyed giving back. “I liked being a part of a group of people who were passionate about helping future DePaul students,” Debe says. “Even if we won’t interact with them in the future, we got to come together as graduating class and make a difference.”

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