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Give Big to the Pig: The Fresh Face of Philanthropy

Carla Morris

Give Big to the Pig“We aren’t looking for a few students to donate a lot; we’re looking for a lot of students to donate a little.”

Setting their sights on this goal, six seniors (a.k.a. “almost alumni”) personally distributed 500 piggy banks last semester to fellow students as part of a senior capstone project to educate their peers about personal stewardship.

The students initiated conversations, hoping to cultivate habits of generosity beginning with “mere” pocket change.

“These students did a great job of teaching the concept of stewardship within the context of breadth, not depth,” observed Norm Hall, senior advisor to the president for alumni relations.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education Kathy Taylor served as faculty sponsor for the group.

The Pig Gig

The young philanthropists—Whitney Vitt, Abigail Taylor, Jacob Tibbetts, Tiffany Neff, Nicholas Denham and Roman Butler—capped off the educational portion of their project with collection of the “fatted pigs” at a pig roast, complete with games, music and a bonfire. Proceeds went toward GC’s Fund for Educational Excellence, a vital source for scholarship funding.

The Greenville College Alumni Association Board assisted in funding the pig roast and several additional events this spring, all designed to draw attention to stewardship:

  • March Madness Barbecue – March 23
  • St. Louis Cardinals game – April 25
  • Street Party, Tacos - May 3

Following the Leader, H. J. LongH.J. Long

The students’ conversational approach to stewardship education echoed the face-to-face invitation GC’s fifth president H.J. Long extended to graduating seniors in 1941. Long proposed that they—the newest members of the nation’s workforce—invest a principal sum of money and contribute the interest it earned to the College.

From 1941 to 1946, graduates contributed over $150,000 to GC’s operating budget. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $2.4 million today. Alumni who recall Long’s proposition are still among GC’s most loyal donors.

A Culture of Generosity

The story of ongoing generosity inspires Roman Butler ’17 (pictured above with co-organizer Whitney Vitt ’17). “We had a passion to do something that would last,” he reflects. Sowing the seeds for a culture of generosity certainly qualifies.

For more information about upcoming events, email Whitney Vitt ’17 at or call Cyndi Oglesby, coordinator for alumni, development and international affairs: 618-664-7119.

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This story was published on March 17, 2017

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