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Mind the Gap was a major success!

March 16, 2012

On March 7, students, faculty, and staff took a moment out of their busy days to Mind the Gap by writing thank you notes to LC donors. As you may know, tuition does not cover the full cost of a Lewis & Clark College education and our donors help close the gap. Student and staff volunteers educated the LC community about the importance of alumni giving, passed out free donuts, and encouraged students to Mind the Gap and thank alumni donors.

We collected 943 thank you notes! Here in the Office of Annual Giving, we are planning how to best distribute these heartfelt messages. You can be sure they will find their way to our donors very soon!

Here are some of the great things students wanted to tell alumni donors:

  • “Thank you not only for financial support, but for being involved in our campus! I love meeting alums and supporters, seeing where life has taken them, and learning from them!”
  • “Study abroad, small classes, accessible professors, sports facilities, the list goes on and on. I wouldn’t have all this without your support. Thank you!”
  • “As a graduating senior, I can now look back on my four years here and see much to be thankful for. Thanks for the opportunity to have fantastic professors and small classes. Thanks for an overseas experience I won’t forget. And most of all, thanks for helping me get a great, well-rounded education!”
  • “I am the first in my family to go to college. I love it here at Lewis & Clark. Thank you. I would not be here without your help.”

So what does this mean for Lewis & Clark? Moving forward, students will have a better understanding of the direct impact of philanthropy on their education. Also, donors will feel the impact of their gifts, which help deserving students every day.

Thank you for helping to make Mind the Gap a success, we could not have done it without YOU! If you would like to learn more about the event or are interested in becoming a volunteer in the future, contact Tara Riker at

Submitted by Tara Riker, phonathon specialist, in the Office of Annual Giving.