Get Involved

Volunteers are absolutely critical to the success of the Centennial Campaign. With your help, we can connect new and established supporters with meaningful giving opportunities, such as:

  • Funding scholarships that make a Babson education possible
  • Establishing an endowed professorship that attracts the best educators to campus
  • Naming a building that will serve students and faculty for generations to come

Ready to get started? Contact MaeLynn Patten, Associate Vice President of Campaign Strategy.

 

Get Involved

 

Five ways to lend your support

Give first: make your own gift to the Centennial Campaign. It will make your solicitation more compelling—allowing you to ask others to join you in supporting Babson’s mission. It’s very powerful to say to a peer, “I have given X and I hope you will join me by making a similar gift.”

Introduce the advancement team to prospects with whom you have a personal relationship. You can make a phone call or send a note to help set up meetings and calls with your contacts—even if you do not wish to attend the meeting yourself.

At its heart, fundraising is about relationships. That is why peer-to-peer gift requests are often the most effective. The following three-step approach can help you in making the “ask.”

  • Prepare: Before you approach a potential contributor, strategize. Be sure to become familiar with information about the campaign, including funding priorities and aspirations for Babson’s next 100 years. Think about ways your peers can provide support and be recognized in ways that are meaningful to them. Most important, think about what motivated you to give. Sharing why you chose to make Babson’s Centennial Campaign a financial priority can inspire others to give generously as well.
  • Ask: Consider starting each conversation with your reason for giving to the Babson Centennial Campaign and the impact you hope your support will have as we begin our second century. Be direct in asking your peers to join you. Use a specific dollar amount, and focus on the difference the gift can make.
  • Follow-up: Agree on next steps, and, if relevant, a gift amount. Stay in touch by sending a personal thank you note, confirming any details that were decided on in your conversation. And, be sure to update your Advancement liaison with the results of your solicitation.

Major donor events are a great way to engage with prospects. We can partner with you to identify a faculty member or campus leader who can speak at your gathering and inspire prospects to give.

Encourage your contacts to make annual gifts, and likewise, make your own. Annual gifts of any size help create a culture of giving and provide Babson with a reliable stream of revenue—allowing the College to fund operational needs, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.