The GW High5 challenge invites members of the GW community – alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff – to vote for their favorite 5 university programs to compete for challenge funding. The 5 finalists will compete head-to-head for a total of $39,000 in funding, provided by Steve Ross, GWSB ’81. The fund that receives gifts from the most members of the GW community will not only benefit from the collective impact of individual giving but also will receive a game-changing $20,000. Make your voice heard and cast your vote today!
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About the Challenge Matching Gift
GW alumnus J. Wendell Crain, LAW '56, re-engaged Steve Ross, GWSB '81 with The George Washington University in the 1980s and Mr. Ross is supporting the High5 challenge in his honor. Mr. Crain was "one of the four or five people who took a chance on me in my life…and I don't ever forget things like that," recalled Mr. Ross. Mr. Crain, who passed away in 2006, encouraged Mr. Ross to become more involved with GW as a volunteer in 1986, the beginning of a two-decade friendship. The pair served on the GW School of Business Board of Advisors together from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Ross is now also a member of GW's Board of Trustees.
"[Wendell] was a real gift to this school who was never interested in personal acclaim," said Mr. Ross.
Mr. Ross noted that another objective he has in supporting the High5 Challenge is to increase GW's "shareholder base," i.e. number of current donors. "One of my personal interests is to be a seed planter…to excite people, keep the momentum going and increase GW's shareholder rate."