Jail and Bail in Vancouver Helps Endowment Fund Reach Record Annual Donations
Ruth Hull and Gene Mancini, SETAC North America Endowment Fund
Thanks to many of you, 2014 was a great year for the SETAC North America Endowment Fund!
The fund received approximately $30,000 in donations and reached a total of more than $175,000 by the end of the year!
We tried something new this year at the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia – instead of having students approach people for donations at the Sunday evening reception (remember those little % stickers?), we played “Jail and Bail” during the meeting. You could make a donation to put someone in jail (located near the SETAC Store), and they (or their friends) could make a donation to get out of jail! And some people even made donations to keep certain people in jail! Special thanks to our newest Global Partner, Marie Capdevielle with Colgate-Palmolive, for being the first in jail, thanks to a member of her team, and to Greg Schiefer for going into jail even though he purchased a “Get Out of Jail Free” card (a $100 donation). A huge thanks to Jim Oris for issuing a $1,000 challenge, putting himself in jail until his friends could find $1,000 to get him out, and to Allen Burton for posting bail! Many people had a lot of fun with the jail, and so we may do it again with a few modifications in Salt Lake City!
Ralph and Cynthia Stahl doing hard time at the Jail and Bail fundraiser. View more pictures
A total of $4,200 was distributed from the fund in 2014 including $1,400 for the Sonny Mayer Ph.D. Student Presentation Awards Program at SETAC Vancouver, $1,300 to support a North American student to attend the Workshop on Ecosystem Services in October 2014, and $1,500 for three student travel awards of $500 each to attend the SETAC Vancouver meeting. As the fund grows, we can provide more distributions in support of SETAC activities. To learn about past distributions, please visit the website.
You may have noticed that we also changed the sticker from “%” to “Pay it Forward,” which more clearly aligns with the purpose of the fund. We also want everyone to know that we appreciate contributions of all sizes. It doesn't matter how much you give but that you give. A donation of $50 will be recognized with an endowment fund pin, a commitment to make an annual donation of any size will earn you a sticker that says “I Pay it Forward Every Year,” and with an accumulated donation of $1,000 or more, you become part of the Legacy Society. In 2014, we welcomed five new members to the Legacy Society: Kurt Maier, Charlie Menzie, Glenn Suter, Bill Goodfellow and Allen Burton.
We express our thanks to Pat Guiney, who has served on the Endowment Fund Board of Trustees since 2009 and who has now moved on to other SETAC activities. We want to welcome Cindy Howard, who joined the Board of Trustees at the SETAC Vancouver meeting. If you have any questions about the Endowment Fund, would like to make a donation, or help us with our activities, please contact Ruth Hull chair of the Board of Trustees, Gene Mancini, founder of the Endowment Fund, or Greg Schiefer, SETAC North America Executive Director. To follow our progress, read testimonials from people who have received support from the fund, and see how you can contribute, please visit www.setac.org/endowmentfund.
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