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How your gifts support important GGU programs

GGU alumni are generous people. Nearly 60 percent of you give $500 or more to charitable and philanthropic causes annually, according to our recent survey of 1,200 alumni. And 34 percent contribute to higher education. (Thank you!)


Your two strongest sentiments towards GGU are:

– I value the role of my GGU education in my profession.

– I have pride in my degree.


Two-thirds of you agreed or strongly agreed that GGU:

– is relevant in today’s world.

– has high-caliber faculty.

– prepares students well for careers.

– is a diverse community.

– incorporates industry trends into its educational programs.

– has successful alumni.


Some of you, however, have questions about how your gifts help GGU. You expressed the following reservations:

– “My gifts have a greater impact on other organizations.”

– “I don’t know where my gift dollars go or where they     are used.”

– “Money given to GGU is not used to directly impact the quality of the education.”


We’d like to respond to your questions, because alumni gifts are critical to support important programs, such as:

Student scholarships:

– First-generation grants for undergraduate students who are the first in their family to go   to college.

– Community leadership scholarships for graduate students who have contributed outstanding community service.



Practical educational programs that prepare students for success:

– GGU’s Law Honors Lawyering Program — which provides a unique, intensive study and apprenticeship program — helps students choose from internships with a variety of legal organizations, including private law firms, judicial chambers, corporate law departments, and government and nonprofit agencies.

– The Master of Accountancy degree program enables students to fast-track their graduate education and careers in 12 months through a combination of intensive, full-time courses and an internship at a leading accounting firm.

– The “Gateway to Success” undergraduate course helps students set important personal and professional goals that enable them to focus their academic studies and achieve greater success.

– GGU’s new MBA concentration in entrepreneurship enables students to study important topics that apply to entrepreneurship, including business planning, financing and new-product development.


Hosting outstanding speakers to share real-world perspectives:

– Our New Tax and Accounting Leadership Speaker Series — The Bruce F. Braden School of Tax and School of Accounting launched a new speaker series this fall that features well known industry leaders such as John Howson, Jesse Sprecher and Fred Caven sharing personal perspectives on leadership.

– The Fourth Annual Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lecture — This year’s topic will be LGBT Issues in the Judiciary and will feature former Chief Justice Vaughn R. Walker as lecturer, and prominent judicial panel members moderated by Keith C. Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP.


Finally, our heartfelt thanks to those of you who are already donating to GGU. The top three reasons that you give to the university are:

– “GGU provided me a practical education and I want others to have the same opportunity.”

– “GGU prepares students for successful careers and I want others to have the same opportunity.”

– “The value of my degree depends on the strength of GGU as a university.”

We couldn’t agree more!


Note: The results of our e-mail survey are representative of all schools, class years and philanthropic interests, including GGU.

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