Kim Tanzer

Giving Successes to Advance Architecture School Mission

Spring Challenge, Fourth-Year Class Giving Efforts Tip the Scales for FY12

When next facing a challenge with a deadline, you might consider calling on U.Va.’s School of Architecture for advice. This spring, the school met and exceeded not one but two fundraising challenge goals ahead of schedule.

The “20x30x40 Spring Challenge” began with an anonymous challenge gift of $20,000 and a goal of doubling that amount within 30 days, for a total of $40,000 to the school’s annual fund. After the goal was reached twenty days into the campaign, a second anonymous donor stepped up with an additional $10,000 matching gift to extend the challenge. That target, too, was soon met.

All told, in addition to the $30,000 matches, $48,293 was contributed by 192 households during the month of April. The gifts helped put the school on track to meet its goal of increasing annual fund giving by 10 percent in fiscal year 2012.

“The strength of the School of Architecture is and always has been our people—this effort has confirmed that,” Dean Kim Tanzer said, noting that a combination of email and online methods were used to encourage participation. “The annual fund is one of the A-school’s most critical resources, providing flexible funds so we can address the school’s immediate priorities, respond to new opportunities as they arise, and sustain the hard work of our students and faculty through scholarships, travel fellowships, and research funding.”

Assisting with the challenge was Kerry Garikes (Arch ’12), who—along with classmate Alejandro Garrido Perez—also helped spur record success for the school’s fourth-year class giving campaign. Eighty-four percent of the Architecture School’s Class of 2012 had contributed to the campaign by early May—breaking the previous record of 82 percent from 2011.

According to Associate Director for Development and Alumni Relations Kim Wong, Garikes and Perez did an excellent job of educating their classmates about the importance of giving, plus they implemented several new tactics—including hosting a career talk and pizza lunch with the dean, creating competition between departments/studios, and dedicating a wall in Campbell Hall to track progress.

“We are so grateful for this outpouring of support from our alumni, friends, and parents across the globe, as well as our talented fourth-year students,” Dean Tanzer said. “It’s a testimony to how much we can—and will—accomplish together as a community.”

Watch Kerry Garikes (Arch ’12) discuss her Architecture School experience and the importance of giving back.