Alumni, Friends Asked to Accept Challenge

Friend of Southeast Missouri State University offers to match donations to encourage new, increased giving

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 1, 2005 — With the goal of encouraging increased alumni giving to support students at Southeast Missouri State University, Douglas Greene of Vancouver, Wash., is issuing a challenge.

Greene has committed up to $50,000 to match donations to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation annual fund made by alumni and friends who have not previously made gifts to the Foundation or who increase their gifts from last year.

“Alumni and donors make Southeast stronger through their gifts of time, talent and financial resources,” Greene said.  “I believe in the work Southeast does for students every day and hope that by giving an added incentive, alumni and friends of the University will step forward to make a difference.”

Entrepreneur and chairman of Skytech Enterprises, Greene sees his challenge as an opportunity to spur alumni participation, which increases the resources available to the University to benefit students and enhances Southeast’s reputation in national college rankings, such as U.S. News & World Report.

“In business, you look for win-win situations. By creating this incentive to make a difference, it is my hope to create a win for alumni and friends who want to make a difference and for Southeast who will continue to grow with this support,” Greene said.

“We are so thankful for Mr. Greene’s challenge,” said Doug McDermott, director of marketing and constituent relations for the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. “It is giving us a value-added proposition for potential donors we didn’t have before.”

“The annual fund is the mechanism we use to provide alumni the opportunity to participate in making Southeast the strongest academic institution possible for our region, the state and nation,” McDermott said.

McDermott says the challenge will have long-term effects on the fund-raising efforts of the University Foundation.

“Engaging new donors is very important, because it leads to a lifelong relationship with the University,” McDermott said.  “This challenge is setting in motion a chain of events that will benefit Southeast students for years to come.”