Over four days and four hours this week, 202 alumni of the Yale School of Management gave gifts in support of the school as part of the 100 Hour Challenge. The challenge was initiated when Jeff Schroeder ’90 pledged to donate $100,000 if at least 100 of his fellow alumni made gifts. The challenge, which ran from noon on Monday, May 9, through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, raised more than $200,000.
All gifts benefitted the Yale SOM Alumni Fund, which provides critical resources for the school’s core needs—including scholarships, faculty research, and curriculum innovation. Joel A. Getz, senior associate dean for development and alumni relations, commented on the successful initiative: “Our alumni never cease to amaze me. Seeing them respond to this challenge with so much energy and enthusiasm has only reinforced for me how lucky I am to work with such generous and smart people. We are deeply grateful to all the alumni and friends who have supported the school this year.”
The challenge, with its focus on the number 100, also recognized the achievement of the Class of 2016, which achieved 100% participation in its class gift, across all three masters degree programs—MBA, MBA for Executives, and Master of Advanced Management. A recent reunion giving challenge brought in 205 new donors. The Alumni Fund as a whole is seeking to exceed 50% participation—a remarkable sign of alumni engagement—for the second year in a row.