Jennifer Shropshire ’86 has accepted the position of chair of The Fund for Oswego. In her new role, she will lead the volunteer effort to raise funds for SUNY Oswego through the annual fund.
Volunteering in service to her alma mater is nothing new for Shropshire. In addition to serving as a past president of the Oswego Alumni Association board of directors and leading long-range planning efforts on the board, Shropshire was a co-chair for the class of 1986 reunion giving effort this year. The class raised $26,688.86, exceeding their goal of $25,000.
This year, The Fund for Oswego will focus on the theme of Oswego’s Sesquicentennial, drawing on a tradition of philanthropy that began when Edward Austin Sheldon used his own funds to start his Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School in 1861.
“In this season of giving, many of us may be thinking about what kind of ‘charities’ we find particularly meaningful — those that have an impact on causes that are important to us, important to our communities, important to the world,” she recently told Oswego alumni magazine.
“For me, Oswego is high on that list. You may not initially think of Oswego as a charity, but it is as deserving as any other. And, it is an institution that has a tremendous impact on today’s students, on ourselves as alumni and friends, and on the world,” Shropshire added.
“With your gift — and mine — we can make a difference,” she said.
Shropshire stressed the importance of participation in the giving effort. Alumni giving is among the criteria used in determining Oswego’s ranking in prestigious compilations like the U. S. News and World Report list of best colleges. “And we all know that the higher the school is ranked, the more valuable our degrees, as alumni, are,” she said.
Telefund calling will begin again in January. “When our students call, please say ‘yes,’” Shropshire said. “You will make a difference in our students’ lives.”