College Launches 'Give to PC Month'
Providence College launched its first “Give to PC Month”
on May 1 to call attention to the generosity of donors and to make one
more fiscal-year appeal for assistance in fully funding the college
experience for all its students.
The month-long campaign emphasizes the importance of gifts from
alumni, parents, and friends to meet the College’s financial needs each
Student tuition covers approximately 86 percent of a PC education.
The College relies on other financial support — primarily private
donations — to “cover the gap” and fund the remainder of the fiscal-year
Realizing the 14 percent difference allows PC to meet its commitment
to providing a comprehensive college experience for every student,
including an excellent curriculum and academic programs, exceptional
faculty, technological and infrastructure improvements, and student
“The 14 percent is comprised of gifts from alumni, parents, and
friends making contributions from $20 to over $100,000,” said Betsy
Freedman-Doherty, director of annual giving and development services in
the Office of Institutional Advancement. “Every gift counts and truly
makes a difference in the lives of our students and faculty.”
The momentum for Give to PC Month began recently in special fashion
when students gathered in the Slavin Center over the course of two days
to write thank-you notes to donors. Nearly 12,000 donors have made gifts
to the College to date. Freedman-Doherty said the College hopes to have
as many as 15,000 donors by June 30.
One of the many students who have reached out in gratitude to donors
is Kelley Borowy ’12 of Sykesville, Md. Borowy told donors she “would
not be the person I am without Providence College.”
Borowy explained how a NOLA Immersion
trip to post-Katrina New Orleans settled her freshman-year nerves and
was a springboard to helping her find her place in the College
community. She has been in Campus Ministry for four years and served as
the student minister for spiritual life on the Pastoral Council this
Borowy also has been a phonathon volunteer for the College since her
freshman year and, as a social work major, has worked in two impactful
internship experiences. In one, through the Diocese of Providence, she
created a support group for struggling mothers in need of emotional
strength. In another internship, she interacted with senior citizens in a
“I’m really grateful that Providence College exists. It has prepared
me to be a better person in the workplace and in the world,” she said.
addition to the thank-you notes, the Give to PC Month campaign includes
postcard thanks and solicitations to donors and notices about the
appeal on the College’s alumni Web site, alumni.providence.edu, and alumni Facebook page, facebook.com/pcAlumni.