UGC: Underclassmen Giving Campaign
Thank you to all of the volunteers and donors who made the fall Underclassmen Giving Campaign a huge success this semester! Here’s the breakdown of our results for just one week of fundraising from the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018:

Number of Underclassman donors: 1,057
Total Underclassman Participation: 32%
Total Underclassman Dollars raised: $4,225.19
Total Dollars with match by Joe Levitch ’69: $8,450.38

All of the funds raised over the fall UGC week will go directly to fund Expedition Grants this year for MIT students and the Public Service Center!

Of course, not only did donors make an impact through their gifts, but also through their votes! It was a very close race all week, and the candidates that received the most votes this fall were Kristen Finney ’16 and Nikita Kodali ’17!

Due to concerns over travel to Togo because of the Ebola crisis, Kristen will unfortunately not be able to work on her PSC project over IAP. The PSC and UGC Committee are all disappointed for Kristen. However, don’t worry, we will reserve Kristen's funding for her to use at a later date if the situation has improved. Stay tuned and we hope to have news from Kristen and her work in Togo in the fall!

We are pleased to share that because the campaign was such a success this fall, and the competition between the candidates was so close, we are able to send Crystal Chern ’16 who placed a very close third in the UGC voting this year to pursue her project in Malawi. This IAP, Crystal and Nikita will receive Expedition Grants that are funded through the UGC and we will hear all about their experiences when they return in February. Learn more about their projects here.

The UGC will start up again this spring, if you want to volunteer or learn more about the UGC send us an email at ugc@mit.edu.