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Annual Fund FAQ

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Tepper Annual Fund.

Where do gifts to the Tepper Annual Fund get used?


Money donated to the Tepper Annual Fund each fiscal year is utilized in our area of greatest need, but rest assured those gifts are used strictly within the Tepper School of Business. The flexibility of this fund allows for the Dean to manage priorities based on the circumstance. In some years, scholarships may require additional funding in order to ensure the top students choose to attend Tepper. In other years, faculty opportunities may dictate an enhanced need. You just never know, and that’s why the flexibility of available money in the Tepper Annual Fund is important.


Does the Tepper Annual Fund provide scholarship assistance?


Absolutely. The Tepper School recruits the highest caliber individuals for programs regardless of their financial situation. In order to ensure the school remains accessible to students from a wide range of backgrounds, we rely on the support of alumni and friends. The Tepper School’s strategic approach to financial aid includes a fellowship program and financial aid assistant to the very best applicants.


Does the Tepper Annual Fund directly impact the students?


Absolutely. Under Dean Robert Dammon’s leadership, we’ve committed ourselves to ensuring Tepper students have a wonderful experience while they are here. Dean Dammon has made considerable investments in programs aimed at enhancing opportunities for study, networking and professional development. Support to the Tepper Annual Fund finances student clubs, case competitions and allows students the chance to interact with industry experts, to gain key career insights, and to engage in valuable networking. It provides additional study abroad opportunities for our students and has funded long-needed renovations to our facilities.


Does the Tepper Annual Fund impact the faculty?


Indeed it does. Gifts allow us to provide competitive salaries, which play a critical role in retaining our current outstanding faculty and recruiting new faculty. Additionally, increased funding for research leads to path-breaking discovery and continues to enhance our academic program. Within the competitive b-school environment, both of these needs are imperative in providing the high standards of teaching and academic excellence for which the Tepper School is known.


Why is my participation important?

We are all proud of the smaller class sizes found at Tepper, but that means we also have fewer alumni than other schools. Therefore, we need a larger percentage of alumni making annual gifts in order to match or surpass the annual fund giving at larger b-schools.


Can I give to multiple areas of the Tepper School and/or CMU?


Yes. When making your gift, whether online or by check, simply indicate how you want your gift divided. A reminder, however, that at least a portion of your gift must come specifically and directly to the Tepper School in order for you to be included in our alumni participation for the year.


How Do I Get in the W.L. Mellon Society?


The W.L. Mellon Society recognizes donors who give at least $1,000 annually to the Tepper School of Business. WLMS members are honored with their names included on the donor boards located in the main hallway of the Tepper School. WLMS members also receive special perks like invitations to private receptions and special correspondence from the Dean. Recently, members also received a personal copy of Dr. Allan Meltzer’s book “Why Capitalism?”


How can I make a gift by utilizing stocks, bonds, mutual funds or wire transfer?


This is an easy process. Simply contact Ann Powers, Tepper School Executive Director of Individual Giving, for specific transfer information.


Who can I contact for more information?

Any member of the Tepper School’s advancement team will be happy to help. Simply click on the contact us link for a staff directory.





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