WPI Office of Lifetime Engagement
The tuition of a WPI student covers only two-thirds of the WPI annual operating budget; leading the institution to place a heavy importance on bridging the deficit through fundraising. However, in 2017, only 3.67% of WPIs living alumni population donated back to the institution. Compared to institutions of similar academic prestige, this rate is significantly lower and reflects a lack in campus wide philanthropic participation. Students and alumni alike are hesitant to involve themselves philanthropically, making it difficult for the Office of Lifetime Engagement to fundraise. The goal of our project is to improve alumni relations, overcome fundraising obstacles and develop a four-year action plan that creates a philanthropic culture on WPIs campus.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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