NDSCS Alumni/Foundation to celebrate National Philanthropy Day


The NDSCS Alumni/Foundation will celebrate National Philanthropy Day on November 15, 2016. The public is invited to join the Alumni/Foundation staff for coffee in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on November 15.

President Ronald Reagan declared November 15 National Philanthropy Day in 1986. National Philanthropy Day celebrates the fact that everyone is a philanthropist; we all have time, talent and treasures to share. Philanthropy is about more than just giving money. It is about pursuing goals of great personal importance, and provides unique opportunities to enrich a person’s life.

In recognition of National Philanthropy Day, the NDSCS Alumni/Foundation is recognizing one of its Top Philanthropists of 2016, John and Pat Zimbrick. John Zimbrick is a 1948 Business graduate of NDSCS, and is now the owner of an automobile dealership and other associated companies in Madison, Wis. The Zimbricks have supported the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center Campaign, Wildcat Athletics and the NDSCS Foundation. They recently created an endowed scholarship that will generate approximately $24,000 in student scholarships annually. These gifts have and will continue to give back for years to come.

The Alumni/Foundation is also recognizing one of its Outstanding Volunteers for 2016, Art Grochow. He serves on both the Alumni/Foundation Board of Directors and the DREAMS Auction Committee. For the past seven years, Grochow has helped procure many key gifts and has assisted with many DREAMS event details. He also has volunteered at many NDSCS athletic events. He and his wife, Linda, continue to make a lasting impact in the community.

“The NDSCS Alumni/Foundation staff enjoys listening to the stories of how former students grew so much as individuals in their first years on campus,” said Kim Nelson, Alumni/Foundation Executive Director. “Now as successful leaders in their own communities, they still have a passion for the place it all started.”

The NDSCS Alumni/Foundation has a gallery of outstanding philanthropists, volunteers and others involved in the charitable process. The Alumni/Foundation also recognizes that many NDSCS student groups volunteer their time.

“Humans are naturally wired to want to give,” said Nelson. “It is so powerful and inspiring because it is voluntary. Whether you’re a charitable giver or a volunteer – or both – what you do from the heart makes a difference.”

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