In early April, students took the time out of their day to thank the more than 18,500 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends who made a gift to GW last year.
“I want to thank all of the alumni who donated to this school. Without you my experience here couldn’t have been the same,” said Gabriel Felder, BA ’14, who graduated from the School of Media and Public Affairs this spring. “I really want to thank you for making my GW experience the most it could’ve been.”
Felder was one of more than 1,000 students who wrote notes to alumni and donors and signed a giant thank-you banner in Kogan Plaza as part of GW’s Alumni and Philanthropy Day celebration. The day also recognized alumni who give their time to help the university and its students by serving on advisory boards, participating in community service projects, and volunteering as mentors across the university.
Balloons were attached to structures throughout GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus, marking where alumni—through their philanthropy and involvement—have played an important role. GW also placed about a dozen banners around Kogan Plaza, thanking donors and alumni for their support of the university and highlighting the GW Alumni Association’s 34 domestic and 29 international networks.
“Today we’re celebrating the way alumni give back, through their gifts but also through their time and service,” said David Anderson, BA ’09, MA ’13, associate director of annual giving. “One thing we want students to know is the role alumni have played in their GW experience.”