‘Funds Are Fried Day’ Educates About University Funding, Philanthropy

Posted: March 9, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

By Corey Schaut

With Mason’s Office of Budget and Planning reporting that tuition dollars cover the university’s costs for only about 57 percent of the academic year, you could say that the funds are officially “fried” at this point.

To recognize this milestone and the role private philanthropy plays in making up the gaps, the Office of Annual Giving is sponsoring the first Funds Are Fried Day for Mason students on Wednesday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. near the clock on the North Plaza.

The tented area will feature funnel cakes, T-shirts and information about philanthropy at Mason. Students who stop by will have the opportunity to participate in a class giving challenge.

In the challenge, students will be encouraged to donate spare change toward their favorite Mason academic program, student activity or scholarship. The class with the most students participating will have access to a designated food truck at Mason Day in April.

The Funds Are Fried Day kicks off this year’s five-week student giving campaign, Patriots for Patriots, according to Nell Nutaitis, interim director of annual giving.

The main goal of the campaign is to educate students on the importance of private philanthropy to the university, particularly the need for participation at any donation level by members of the Mason community.

Last fiscal year, nearly $48,000 was raised from donations of $25 or less, which would equate to five one-year student scholarships, Nutaitis reports.

Annual Giving representatives will collect donations on Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 13 (see listing of locations and dates).

Students can also make donations online or by stopping by the Annual Giving Office in Mason Hall, Room D201. The closing event, a “pig roast” where students can empty their piggy banks, will take place on Thursday, April 14, at the clock.


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