The Ella Nash Society

Ella Nash Society Spring 2017

Inspiring Women, Informing Philanthropy

This newsletter is dedicated to women’s philanthropy and the celebration of Allegheny’s alumnae and friends who are making life better in their communities and on campus. The newsletter is named for M. Ella Nash, Class of 1873, the College’s first female graduate.


Spring 2017

Supporting Through Service

We dedicate this issue of The Ella Nash Society newsletter to the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to advance the College’s mission, and we invite you to learn about the myriad ways that you may be more actively involved in your Allegheny community.

Keri Fadden (pictured at right) was named the College’s first director of alumni engagement in 2013. (Many of you will recall Keri from her days in the Office of Student Involvement and the Learning Commons.) Under her direction, our Volunteers in Support of Allegheny (VISA) program is expanding and now includes many opportunities for service, largely in conjunction with the Admissions and Career Education offices.

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Profile in Philanthropy: Planning to Give — and Giving Back

A different kind of favor greeted guests finding their seats at Katie Heckman’s wedding reception. Rather than spend money on objects that might soon be discarded, Heckman and her husband, Jeremy, left a note to let celebrants know that a gift had been made in their honor to Make-A-Wish International. That nonprofit, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, holds special meaning for the Heckmans. They’ve had several close family members and friends who have benefited from Make-A-Wish’s support, and the couple has in turn made it a philanthropic priority. “We know that every dollar we give (to Make-A-Wish) goes directly to an individual who needs a special experience, something fun,” said Katie (Pankowski) Heckman, a 2007 Allegheny College graduate. In making their philanthropic decisions, the couple considers where they can have the most impact, Heckman said. And that means formulating an annual plan for investing their charitable dollars.

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Philanthropy in Action: Aurley Morris ’15

Thanks to a generous gift by Aurley Morris ’15, Allegheny students will get some extra help for expenses while they’re gaining experience through internships. She hopes that her fellow alumni will join her in giving to the newly-established Internship Excellence Fund.

“The fund provides direct support for students looking to succeed after graduation,” Morris says. “Successful graduates, in turn, strengthen the network of Allegheny alumni.”

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