UofM and ALSAC to open Philanthropy Lab

The University of Memphis and ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, have formed a new partnership designed to benefit the Memphis community that includes a Philanthropy Lab in the Billy Mac Jones Building at 633 Normal St.

The lab will serve as a donor contact center staffed by UofM student interns who will call potential and current donors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of ALSAC’s donor engagement program.

“We are excited about the partnership with the University of Memphis as it presents a great opportunity to engage in meaningful community collaboration with incredible young people,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC. “Ultimately, we hope this arrangement provides valuable professional and philanthropic experience for University students, and they will consider long-term career opportunities for employment at ALSAC or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after graduation and continue to find ways to give back.”

UofM President M. David Rudd said, “The Philanthropy Lab is a great example of what can happen when the UofM partners with world leaders like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to create new internships for our students that offer opportunities to develop critical skills for future success, and make our world better. We couldn't be more proud than to work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Since 1999, the UofM has supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Up ’til Dawn collegiate fundraising program. Through a variety of fundraising activities, its St. Jude Up ’til Dawn volunteers raised a record $283,000 through the program this year – more than any student organization in ALSAC’s history.

Some 20 to 30 student internships are expected to be created as a result of this partnership.

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