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Giving & your community

community1.jpgThe University of Minnesota has a long-standing tradition of giving back to communities and charities. On Monday, the University community kicked-off its annual Community Fund Drive, and we're determined to once again show just how much the U of M cares. Last year, nearly $1.25 million was pledged by U of M employees, and a goal of $1.5 million has been set for this year. $1.5 million?! Yeah, that's a lot of money to commit to (especially during tough economic times), but the University of Minnesota has a community built on caring and we're determined to continue that tradition.

The University's Community Fund Drive is a great example of a community coming together to give back, but it's important to also remember that giving can go beyond money donations. Think about your time commitment, support and intellectual contributions to various charities, causes and organizations. These philanthropic attributes are actually qualities many MBA programs are looking for within their prospective candidates.

When you are considering a business school for your MBA, do you often think about life after MBA? Well, the Carlson School does. When evaluating candidates, we look for candidates that can hit the ground running and can achieve their aspirations with our guidance and support. We look at candidates' potential to give back to our community, to become active and engaged alumni, and contributing members of society.

I urge you to think about life after MBA and what your relationship will be like with your alma mater. What communities do you want to be established with? What are the characteristics of your ideal business school? How can a school help you to be a contributing, active alumnus? I'm intrigued - do share!

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