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UOG Endowment Foundation Executive Director Mel Mendiola

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Calling all University of Guam Alumni and advocates for higher education! Earlier this week - coinciding with Giving Tuesday - UOG launched their second annual G is for Giving campaign.

It's the season of giving. So, why not give the gift of higher education? "We launched - on Giving Tuesday - our G is for Giving campaign. G is for Giving is our campaign that goes until the end of the year. 0023 primarily to stimulate alumni giving," explained UOG Endowment Foundation Executive Director Mel Mendiola. G is for Giving is in its second year.

According to Mendiola, they raised $21,000 last year. This year, the goal is $25,000.

She continued, "All the gifts that are made to the University of Guam are to benefit scholarships, programs, and activities. So scholarships to help bring down the cost to go to school. I think we all can identify with how expensive it is to live and along those lines, it's also paying for college can also be a stressor for our students. Ta lot of programs and activities that our students have to go out throughout the year and continue to fundraise, so we're helping to kind of alleviate the burden for that. For small grants for research, for small grants for travel, etc. you can designate on our website supportuog.org, you can actually designate where you want your gift to go."

Thousands have graduated from the Mangilao University - 15,000, to be exact.

Mendiola said, "We would really like to encourage our alumni to give back. So colleges across the United States have alumni giving upwards of 50%. Here at the University of Guam we're still in our baby steps, we're still taking baby steps - in our infancy stages - to getting our alumni involved - to get them coming back. And to get them giving back to the university that educated them and made them the career people that they are."

How can you get involved? Visit supportuog.org. "You can make a regularly-scheduled donation - let's say you're strapped for holiday cash and you say I really, really want to donate but I can't make a nice, big gift right now. What you can do is you can sign up for $10 a month," she explained. "You can also make your donation at our office, located at the University of Guam at Dean's Circle House #10.

"And you can also give us a call. Let's say you own a business or in your workplace and you have several employees who are UOG alumni and you wanted to do a group giving, we can certainly do that. We have these green envelopes. And we can bring some green envelopes and we can get a nice photo of you and all your coworkers making a nice gift to the University of Guam."

Contributions are tax-deductible.

For more information, you can also call 735-2957.

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