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Planting the Seeds of Giving: Underclassman Donations

I am surprised at the negative reaction some students had toward the Alumni Association’s Undergraduate Giving Campaign. Those who complain that undergraduates are the wrong people to solicit for funds are missing the campaign’s point. With an average gift of only five dollars, this campaign was not aimed at making a large profit but instead to get students thinking about philanthropy. With over 70 percent of undergraduates receiving financial assistance, many of us are able to attend MIT because of the generous support of MIT alumni and those members of the the Alumni Association who make these giving campaigns possible. I commend the Alumni Association on their efforts to show students the value of philanthropy and encourage students to give to a very worthy cause.

Anthony J. Jones ’08