MU offers weeklong lessons in philanthropy

Students at Manchester University are getting lessons this week in philanthropy – the practice of giving to worthy causes.

Each day, beginning Monday, students at the North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses are being offered concrete examples that illustrate how alumni donating to their alma mater make a difference for current students.

For example, Tuesday is Lights Out Day, where students will see for themselves how much it costs to run Manchester for just one minute.

The Advancement Office Challenge Day on Thursday encourages students in a participating club, group, class or major to donate at least a dollar to in order to reach a 20 percent goal of participation. Each of those groups can also be sponsored by a faculty or staff member.

Josh Benefiel, assistant director of The Manchester Fund, explained in an email to employees that a sponsor could, for example, pledge to give a dollar for each student member  of a particular group who provides a gift of a dollar or more during Challenge Day or match all money raised by those in that group.

Students will be rewarded on Friday by seeing President Dave McFadden (North Manchester campus) or Dean Raylene Rospond (Fort Wayne campus) throw a pie in a participating faculty or staff member’s face.

All money raised will go into The Manchester Fund, which helps pay for operating expenses and other areas that are not covered by tuition and fees or other sources of income.

Below is a list of events planned during Philanthropy Week:

  • Monday is Tag Day – Students will look for tags scattered around campus that show how much we have to be grateful for at MU.
  • Tuesday is Lights Out Day – Students will discover how much it costs to run Manchester for just one minute and where that money comes from.
  • Wednesday is Tomorrow Made Possible Day – All students will have the chance to say thanks to donors and receive a gift.
  • Thursday is Challenge Day – Students in groups that reach the 20 percent goal are urged to be ready to vote on which faculty or staff member will get a pie in the face.
  • Friday is Awareness Day – Manchester will show its support for National Philanthropy Day and find out who gets a pie in the face.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

November 10, 2014

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