BOLD Ideas: Young Alumni Support the Next Generation of Students
By Kendall Wright, Contributing Writer
Last week marked BOLD’s annual Giving Week, during which hundreds of recent Gettysburg graduates pitched in to support their alma mater. BOLD (Burgians of the Last Decade) is an organization of young alumni dedicated to fundraising, career services and volunteer work. In addition to supporting the college financially, BOLD members frequently return to campus to help with events such as Founder’s Day and the Twilight Walk.
BOLD is also active beyond the campus. Members hold happy hours in cities across the country where local alumni can network with other Gettysburg grads. Shannon Callahan (’15) of the BOLD Council knows firsthand how important networking can be; she found a position with her current employer thanks to a fellow alum who passed her resume along.
Over the course of Giving Week 320 alumni contributed a grand total of over $16,000 towards the college. While BOLD knows that young graduates generally do not have the financial means to make large contributions, they stress that every dollar counts. “It’s not how much you give,” Callahan says, “it’s that you give. That’s what matters most.”