2015 Homeward Pride Champions: Psi Epsilon!
2014 marked the beginning of a powerful new tradition: Homeward Pride. A one-of-a-kind club competition that helped set OC and our grads (you!) apart in a big, big way in the eyes of the US News and ranking agencies nationwide. 2014’s inaugural competition saw more than 900 club grads give back to the passion projects their clubs selected, raising more than $24,500 in the process and taking OC’s alumni participation rate to a record 19.7%. Let’s not mince words here, 2014 WAS HUGE.
Oh…and did we mention a winner was crowned? The men of Delta Gamma Sigma, with more than half of their grads giving, took the 2014 Homeward Pride trophy, bragging rights, and a $500 cash prize.
This year you and our students took Homeward Pride by storm again. Between January 15 and April 10, our clubs added 807 new grad givers and raised $33,908.85 for their passion projects. (Awesome!) And the moniker of "Homeward Pride Champion" changed hands in the process--this year the big win went to the Samurai of Psi Epsilon, who recorded an incredible 57.5% participation rate.
That means that for every two Psi gentlemen you meet, one of them is a donor (and so is at least 15% of the other guy)! If you know a Samurai, give them a fist bump for us. They deserve it.
This year more than 2,300 OC grad givers will annihilate national expectations in what’s fast becoming one of our favorite new traditions: Homeward.
But beyond rankings and dollars and community prestige there’s one fundamental idea in Homeward: engagement. Are you putting your alma mater love (monetary or not) out into the universe?
After all, words are powerful, powerful things. You never know when the story you tell might change someone’s life (and the history of OC) forever. Which is why Homeward 2014-2015 is making history again by putting your words on equal ground as your dollars.
It’s so simple. Tell your story any of the following ways:
We’ll gather up all your stories and use them for some awesome upcoming projects. Plus, if you submit your story online, we will consider that your alumni gift for the year.
You read that right.
Do we want you to give your stories and your dollars? Absolutely. So why take the risk? Because we believe in you and in the astounding reach of your words. Records will come and go, but an amazing story—your amazing story—can last forever.
Follow our epic story, including tales from Homeward and Homeward Pride (our club competition), right here all year long. It’s going to be another record-breaker. We can feel it already.