Donor Issues $25K Challenge to SB Alumni

Calling all School of Business alumni: we need your help before the end of the year!  In case you haven’t heard, an anonymous donor has issued a philanthropic challenge to alumni of the College’s School of Business. The donor has agreed to a $25,000 gift to the School if alumni can raise an additional $25,000 in new gifts between November 18 and December 31, 2010.  

We are happy to report that good progress has been made toward earning the anonymous donor’s gift.  To date, gifts and pledges committed to the School of Business by its alumni since the announcement of the Challenge total just over $14,000.

The donor, a member of the School of Business Board of Governors says, “Participation of our alumni is critical to advancing the School of Business across South Carolina, the country and around the world.” 

“We need the reach and goodwill of our alumni to help elevate the School’s prominence and reputation for many of our programs such as the hospitality and tourism management, international business, M.S. in accountancy and MBA,” says Alan T. Shao, Dean of the School of Business.  “The gift offered to us through the Challenge and the additional support it motivates from our alumni will strengthen the overall experience we offer to our students.” 

“The great thing about this Challenge is that it encourages our alumni to show their support of the School of Business in a way that is personally meaningful to them,” says Colby Rankin, Director of Development of the business school. “Gifts of any size – whether $25, $100, $1000 or more – will help us claim the anonymous donor’s gift.”

Alumni can direct their gifts to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, which Dean Shao uses to support important current funding needs at the School of Business, such as program development and research support for faculty.  Gifts can also be designated to a specific department or program within the School. 

Help your School of Business meet the Alumni Challenge!  Follow this link to give online:, or contact Colby Rankin at the School of Business (843.953.3633 or

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