Make an Impact


Teach It Forward: Impact 2019

This fun challenge returns starting Friday, January 18, and running through Monday January 28.  A record $365k in challenge funds are offered this year by Richard Georgi ’87 and Sanae Ishikawa, Anne Melvin ’85, David Sorkin ’81, Arun Dhingra ’90, Jessica ’97 and Gavin ’97 McLear, Lee Shackelford ’80, and Peter Wege ’71.

Here’s how it works:

1. Volunteeranywhere — and log your hours online here during the 10-day challenge period.
2.  Make a gift to Williams. Any size.
3.  Multiply your gift by your number of volunteer hours, thanks to our generous challenge donors:

The more you volunteer, the greater your gift to Williams.

Past Results

A total of 404 alumni who participated in the challenge, contributing 4,019.4 hours of service and $322,486.09 in matching funds. In 2017, 212 alumni participated in the challenge, contributing 2,517 hours of service and $212,190 in matching funds.

The Genesis of TIF: Impact

As two of the head agents for the class of 2016, Nick Brownrigg and Jace Forbes-Cockell had a brainstorm one night.  They realized their classmates, grateful for what Williams had given them but short on financial resources, were interested in finding a way to support the college with their time.

Jace and Nick knew their friends volunteered for a variety of causes and organizations that made a difference in their communities. They approached the Alumni Fund about finding a way to honor that spirit and help that generosity go further while supporting Williams.

From that eureka moment, Teach It Forward: Impact was born. This special service-focused campaign multiplied alumni gifts to Williams by their volunteer hours over a two-week period in January of 2017. The challenge continued in 2018 with additional matching funds and is on tap for 2019 with even more match available.

Thanks for all you do for Williams and for the world.

Fine print:
The challenge runs from Friday, January 18, through Monday, January 28, 2019. Service performed during MLK weekend should be included.
Gifts made anytime between July 1, 2018 and January 28, 2019 will count. Volunteer service must be performed and logged during the 10-day challenge period. The first $100 of any gift is matched.
The matching gift does not count toward your class’s total in the reunion trophy competition.