Last fall, WPI business professor Frank Hoy issued a challenge to the business school’s faculty and staff: If more than 50 percent donate to a WPI scholarship, fund, building, program, or initiative—whatever they prefer and whatever amount they prefer—he would donate $10K.
And well ahead of the June 30 deadline.
Hoy, Paul R. Beswick Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and director of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, called WPI “remarkable” in an email Sept. 4. He urged the more-than-40 staff and faculty members to support the institution where “the emphasis on project-based learning is a marvelous fit with the entrepreneurial mindset.”
The campaign challenge does more than raise money, says Hoy. It also sends a message that if alumni and others are asked to support WPI, faculty and staff should make a statement and help lead the way.
“This university is worth our personal financial investment,” he says.
Contributions have flowed at a fairly steady pace, says associate director of annual giving Ajayi Harris. Toward the end of 2014, there were gifts coming in as a result of holiday charitable donations, and then on Giving Day, March 19, there was another boost in giving.