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reed magazine logoAutumn 2009

Centennial Campaign builds momentum

Gauntlet Thrown at Young Alumni

Introducing the Young Alumni Challenge—If 350 Reedies who graduated in the last ten years make a gift by December 31, trustee Linda Hammill Matthews ’67 will give Reed $50,000. Linda is mounting this challenge to invite young alumni to have a stake in Reed’s success.

If you’re a recent grad, you might be thinking, “What difference can my gift to Reed make?” Your gift joins with a stream of others from recent grads and makes a direct impact on the student experience, from financial aid to fine arts, from Hum 110 to thesis mentorship.

Young alumni give for all kinds of reasons: some out of appreciation, some as a statement of value, some out of recognition of the impact Reed has had on their lives. Here are a few reasons submitted with gifts from recent grads:

“After graduating from Reed and attending grad school, I’ve found that it is rare to find a place where people value education as an end in itself, where people talk about ideas, and where people take the initiative to shape their character and eventually the world they live in.”
—Tina Le ’08
“Reed offers us the ability to identify and break down the self-limiting structures by which we live our lives and empowers us to create them anew. Fundamentally, that is freedom, and freedom is invaluable.”
—Matthew Koren ’07
“I don’t have much now, but I try to believe that everyone doing a little bit adds up somewhere. Besides, Olde Reed and Nü Reed need each other.”
—Tracy Mehoke ’08

To make your own gift and help trigger the $50,000 match, click here.

Gauntlet FAQ

How much do I need to give?
Gifts of any size count. Modest gifts can make a statement too.
I’m a starving artist; why should I give to Reed?
Give because you believe in Reed’s mission. Give because individual actions have power. Give because the cumulative effect of starving artists’ support makes a very real difference in the life of a current student. Give to say something.
Isn’t there an endowment to take care of this sort of thing?
Gifts to the endowment grow and provide income far into the future. But Reed relies on gifts to the Annual Fund to respond to pressing needs such as rescuing students whose finances have imploded.
Can’t someone else do this?
One of the products of a small college is a small alumni pool—so that “someone” is you! Besides, understanding the Bystander Effect imposes a personal responsibility to effect change by whatever means you have available.
What if I didn’t graduate?
Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Some of our most generous donors left Reed before completing their degree. If your theoretical class year is 2000–2009, your gift will count (and yes, we want your class notes).
Why 350?
This number represents a 20% increase over last year’s young alumni participation during the same time period. And we know from the Spartans that 300 is not enough.
Where can I find more information?
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