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March Matchness 2017      



300 donors.

10 class years of GOLD alumni.

1 big impact.



Starting on March 1, GOLD alumni are challenged to give back to The Fund for Oswego by participating in March Matchness.

Oswego Alumni Association board memberThe Fund for Oswego, Dr. Raelynn Cooter '77, has agreed to donate $25,000 to The Fund for Oswego if we reach 300 GOLD donors during the month of March — our most ambitious goal ever!


March Matchness FAQs

What is the purpose of the March Matchness?

The goal is to create a fun competition between GOLD classes while at the same time increasing the number of recent graduates giving back to SUNY Oswego. Why? Because giving to your alma mater matters – it creates programs, enhances educational resources and supports current students, just as those who came before you did on your behalf. And, your class could enjoy a year of bragging rights as March Matchness Champs!

Why is participation important?

The number of graduates who contribute to their alma mater each year is seen by many as an endorsement of the institution by those who know it best. University rankings are based, in part, on the number of alumni who support their alma mater. Prospective families view this number as a measure of the school’s reputation. Corporate and private foundations take into consideration the percentage of alums who give back as they weigh their decisions to fund grants at our institution.

Do gifts of all sizes count?

Yes. As always, we encourage alumni to make a thoughtful gift and to stretch when they are able, but there is no gift minimum. March Matchness is focused on increasing participation, so gifts at all levels are critically important. Not sure how much to give? How about the amount of your graduation year ($20.16, etc.)?

How is the winner determined?

Participation for all 10 classes will be updated on the website weekly. Whichever class has the most donors participate this month prior to the stroke of midnight on March 31 will be named March Matchness Champion.

I already made a gift this year. Does that count?

Thank you for your support! While all your gifts certainly help us reach our Annual Fund goals, this competition is based on the number of donors who make gifts THIS MONTH. If you make an additional participation gift during March Matchness, it WILL be counted toward your class donor total.

I have an outstanding pledge. If I make my pledge payment in March does that count?


Who do I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact Ryan O’Donnell, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at 323 Sheldon Hall at or 315-312-3029.