Alumna Offers Match to Support First Class Gift Campaign

Reed Perry helps a student donate to the Class Gift Campaign.
Reed Perry helps a student donate to the Class Gift Campaign.

The graduate Class of 2019 has kicked off the Nicholas School’s first-ever Class Gift Campaign with a goal of $2,500. Alumna Maggie Peloso, BS’05 MEM’06 PhD’10, has stepped up to double the impact of that gift by offering to match every dollar up to the goal amount. Students can donate to the fund of their choice, but the matching gift will go to the Annual Fund, resulting in a potential $5,000 gift for the Nicholas School.

“We strongly believe in the mission of the Nicholas School, and we wanted to demonstrate our support for the future of this program through a class gift,” the Class Gift Committee said in a statement. “The purpose of the campaign is to unite as a class and to show alumni and donors that graduating students are committed to the long-term success of the Nicholas School. We are beyond thrilled that one alumnus has already recognized our efforts and has offered to match our class gift. This support serves as a powerful motivation for us to achieve our goal, and it lends credence to our mission.”

The Class Gift Committee consists of Temis Coral Castellanos, Leah Davis, Manfei He, Sandy Lynn, Colyer Woolston, Reed Perry, who are all MEM students.

The Class Gift Committee began tabling in Grainger Hall to collect donations the first week of February, and the campaign is already off to a great start. Students raised over $200 on the first day of tabling. The committee has set a deadline of March 6th to reach its goal.

Alumni can choose to support the Nicholas School through a range of funds, from the Annual Fund to the Financial Aid Fund, by making a donation online. Interested in learning more? Please contact Jake McNabb, the associate director of leadership and major gifts, at