By Susan Anderson
Hoping to inspire others, St. Bonaventure University alumni Christopher and Eileen Kinslow and the advisory board of Students in Money Management (SIMM) have issued a $16,250 challenge match as SIMM launches a six-week crowdfunding campaign.
Titled the #SIMMChallenge, the fundraising initiative aims to boost the level of the student-managed investment portfolio as well as sustain and enhance the SIMM student experience both inside and outside the classroom.
Founded in 2004, SIMM is an experiential learning program in which students in any major can learn about the investment process while helping to manage approximately $500,000 in real financial assets.
The Kinslows and advisory board members will match gifts to the campaign, dollar for dollar up to $16,250, beginning today through October 31. The Kinslows have pledged $10,000 as a challenge, with the board members funding the remainder of the challenge.
“Our hope for the campaign is that it will inform a greater number of alumni about the SIMM program so that they will be excited to not only donate financially, but participate with the students by inviting them to their companies or by coming to Bona’s and meeting with the students and sharing knowledge,” said Eileen (Madigan) Kinslow, a 1986 St. Bonaventure graduate who holds a BBA in accounting.
Members of the advisory board include: Tony Annunziato, ’71; Ed Evans, ’85; Bridget Karg, ’08; Chris Kinslow,’85; Sean Lynch, ’06; Kevin Mjaatvedt, ’11; Chris O’Donnell, ’86; and Rene Pochop, ’86.
“With the new investment into the fund, we’ll use that to give each student a better learning experience every day in the classroom,” said Gunnar Schifley, a senior finance major and co-general manager of SIMM. “We hope the St. Bonaventure community will take on the SIMM Challenge and invest in us.”
To join in the challenge, visit www.sbu.edu/SIMMChallenge. For more information, interested persons can contact Janet Glogouski, Advancement Officer, at (716) 375-4084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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