Giving Tuesday and the #francis500

I must say, I am pretty excited to announce our plans for #GivingTuesday 2015!              US News and World Report defines alumni engagement as a core metric in its university ranking system. To that end, we are determined to recruit 500 NEW alumni donors IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

GIFTS OF ANY VALUE, IN SUPPORT OF ANY FUND in the Francis College of Engineering count towards our goal. I am confident we can make this happen – but we need help from you, our alumni.  Here is how you can help:

 1 – You can donate.

Every single alumni donation to the College affects our ranking, no matter the amount. If you have not donated to the College in FY15, please consider lending your financial support to one of our funds. Donate at: and be sure to select a fund tied to the College of Engineering.

2 – Be a Social Media Campaign Ambassador

For those of you on social media, make sure you like/follow us before December 1st to stay up to date on the campaign, and to follow the daily hijinks of #UMLJimmyB. Our social media handles are:

You can help by retweeting, sharing and liking our content related to the campaign – AND – be sure to use the #francis500 hashtag. We also have Facebook header photos for the campaign, if you would like to change your page header for  #GivingTuesday, or the month of December in support of the #francis500.

3 – Photos with Jimmy B:

This is the fun part! Download a JPEG of James B. Francis, print him out and pose with him. Show your #UMLJimmyB pride – in your office, in your lab, classrooms, boardrooms, on the street – make it fun!

Take photos and caption with why you support the College of Engineering and share them on social media with our hashtags: #francis500 and #umljimmyb.

You can use it as a shout out to fellow alumni, challenging them to give, as a thank you to a professor who helped you along the way, or maybe as a “where’s jimmy” situation – make it whatever you want – just make it fun!!

I almost forgot! What fun would this be without a challenge? The Department with the most NEW alumni donors between December 1 – 31, 2015 will drop the puck at the E-Week Hockey Game on February 27th!

B. Engaged

B. Counted.

B. one of the #Francis500

Stay tuned – and remember to make your gift on December 1! 

For more information,

Sally Washburn: 978-934-4821 or email

Erin Caples: 978-934-2572  or email