Since 2013, alumnae of the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program have engaged in an annual “Pay It Forward” fundraising campaign to support a scholarship for a current Summer Scholar. To date, the Joyce Ivy Foundation has named 555 Summer Scholars, including seventy-eight members of the 2016 cohort. The alumnae campaign seeks to collect small donations from alumnae – as well as donations alumnae raise in their local communities – with the idea that small contributions add up and have a big impact.
“The lovely thing about our organization is that we are not only cultivating incredible young women into Scholars and leaders, but providing them with another way to give back,” said Natalie Hurst, 2016 fundraising co-chair, and Joyce Ivy Foundation Fellow and alumna. “After the life-changing experience of attending a summer program, our JIF Alumnae are motivated to make that experience a possibility for others. This is evident in the huge response we get from asking them to fundraise to support a 2016 Scholar. While most people look at fundraising as a burden, our Scholars are driven to give back. It truly reflects the character of our organization.”