Guest Opinion: Tippie Young Alumni Board members give back


The Tippie Young Alumni Board devotes countless hours each year to giving back to the University of Iowa — and specifically, the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business — through mentoring, on-campus presentations, and financial support. As the board executive head, I’m especially gratified that, for the past five years, all 30 members of our group have proudly supported the college with financial donations — and we are on track to achieve that milestone again this fiscal year.

We follow the example of generous Tippie alumni and donors (including Henry B. Tippie himself) who came before us and invested in our education at Iowa. We work hard to provide as much support as possible, so that today’s students can have the same great — or even better — experiences and opportunities that we enjoyed at Iowa.

This year, we challenged ourselves by creating a multiyear goal to provide an even longer-lasting method to support Tippie, its students, and the future students who walk through the doors of the Pappajohn Business Building. Our board made a five-year, $50,000 commitment to create the Young Alumni Board Development Fund — an endowed fund that provides long-term support for alumni-engagement efforts in the Tippie undergraduate programs.

My colleague and fellow Tippie grad Spencer Anderson, the head of the board’s fundraising committee, said, “Our board is excited to create this fund to show our support for the For Iowa. Forever More. campaign and the Tippie College of Business. It exemplifies the Young Alumni Board’s ideals of leaving a legacy while supporting alumni engagement and providing young alumni with a way to give back to Tippie. By giving, we support key board initiatives that will benefit the students who come after us — such as mentoring programs, networking events, and student-services programming.”

The UI and the business school played a vital role in ensuring that each of us is ready for the opportunities, challenges, successes, and, yes, even failures of the “real world.” We give back by returning to campus each fall to present information to students about majors and careers. We are always willing to help a student, class, professor, or university administrator by sharing our time, experiences, and philanthropy.

There are many opportunities to support the UI through philanthropy, but the powerful combination of time and financial support provides an incredible way to enhance the experiences of future Hawkeyes for generations to come.

On Iowa and Go Hawks.

— Kevin Velovitch (2012 B.B.A.)

Executive Head,

Tippie Young

Alumni Board

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