The Raymond A. Mason School of Business School community has come together as part of The Estes Challenge to raise $137,094, surpassing its goal of $125,000. This outpouring of support in new and increased gifts to the Business School Annual Fund makes a real difference in the lives of students and professors.
Thank you to everyone who participated, compelling Jean ’75 and Rob Estes '74 to deliver on their generous challenge!
Rob ’74 and Jean ’75 Estes share what inspired them to announce The Estes Challenge – and why they feel support of the Business School is essential to educating the next generation of business leaders.
“William & Mary is home to us. It is where we met. It is where we learned many of our life lessons, and it is where we made most of our lifelong friends. We believe the life blood of any charitable institution is annual giving and are grateful we can give back to the Business School.”
“We believe the support that this fund will provide should not come from just a few people but should come from a large group of people that the Business School has touched and is continuing to touch.”
“I am so pleased that Rob and Jean Estes were inspired to renew the Estes Challenge. Gifts to the Mason School Annual Fund fuel our programs and help create an exceptional student experience. I am humbled and grateful for the many alumni and friends who surround and support the school. This is a great time for someone to make their first gift as part of the Estes Challenge — or to consider giving a larger amount than before — because the impact of your gift will be amplified thanks to the generous match from the Estes family.”
“We feel strongly about supporting the Business School because it's good for our community, our state, and our nation. It's a place of learning that shapes the best and brightest business men and women for the challenges of the future.”
Why the Mason School Annual Fund?
Support for the Annual Fund helps drive innovation in our curriculum and programs, and provides support for key initiatives. Here are a few ways your contribution enhances business education at William & Mary:
How the Estes Challenge Works
For every new or increased gift given to the Mason School Annual Fund by June 30, 2017, Rob and Jean Estes will match the contribution dollar for dollar, up to $125,000. Please join the Estes family in supporting the Business School Annual Fund.
If You Have Not Given Within The Last Five Years
For Example: If you have not made a gift in the last five years to the Business School Annual Fund and you give $250 this year, the Estes family will match your gift with another $250, doubling the impact of your gift.
If You Gave Within the Last
For Example: If you gave $250 last year to the Business School Annual Fund and you increase your support to $500 this year, the Estes family will contribute an additional $250 to the Business School, increasing the impact of your gift.