2012 Law Firm Challenge Results
- McDonald, McCann & Metcalf
- Friday, Eldredge & Clark
- Bassett Law Firm
- Wright, Lindsey & Jennings
- Kutak Rock
- 100% Participation
- McDonald, McCann & Metcalf
Benchmarks of success:
- New record for alumni giving
- Highest overall alumni giving participation rate at the law school in ten years at 24.71%
- Law School is a leader on campus
- Highest overall alumni giving participation rate of all colleges on the University of Arkansas campus
- Increased support for students, faculty and staff
- Total annual fund dollars raised, numbers of gifts, and average gift size increased this fiscal year
- Creating new donors
- Almost half of all Law Firm Challenge Participants were new donors to the law school
About the Law Firm Challenge
The Law Firm Challenge gives University of Arkansas School of Law alumni a unique opportunity to make a difference in the life of the law school and reconnect with fellow alumni at their own and other firms in a fun and challenging way. Law firms with multiple University of Arkansas School of Law alumni are invited to participate and name a challenge representative. Each representative will encourage their firm’s Arkansas alumni employees to make annual fund gifts to the law school with a goal of achieving 100% giving participation. Firms who reach the 100% giving challenge will be recognized on our website, in our alumni magazine, and with signage in the law school career services office. The Law Firm Challenge runs April 1 – June 30, 2013. However, any gift or pledge payment made to the School of Law between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 will count towards the Law Firm Challenge.
Why the Law Firm Challenge?
- Increase alumni giving participation to the School of Law
- The alumni participation rate is the percentage of law school alumni who make a gift of any size to the law school during a fiscal year. Increased participation not only means more financial support for important law school programs and initiatives, but the participation rate also influences the law school’s national reputation and serves as a measure of alumni satisfaction with the University of Arkansas School of Law experience.
- Increased exposure for your law firm
- Your firm’s participation demonstrates your commitment to the University of Arkansas School of Law. Firms who reach the 100% giving challenge will be recognized on the School of Law website, in our alumni magazine, and with signage in the law school career services office. These publications are viewed by alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the law school.
- Strengthen the sense of community and pride in University of Arkansas alumni
- This challenge is designed to highlight and strengthen the connections Arkansas alumni have throughout many law firms in the state. This is a unique opportunity for alumni to come together and make a difference in the life of the law school.
- Who is eligible?
- Any law firm, corporation, or organization with two or more University of Arkansas School of Law graduates is eligible to participate in the Law Firm Challenge as long as they have at least one person willing to serve as the challenge representative. The representative engages and motivates fellow alumni to make a gift to the law school in order to reach 100% participation.
- What gifts count towards participation in the Law Firm Challenge?
- The Law Firm Challenge runs April 1 – June 30. However, any gift or pledge payment made to the School of Law between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 will count towards the Law Firm Challenge.
- How does the Law Firm Challenge benefit the School of Law?
- Tuition and state funding only cover a portion of the ever-increasing cost of providing higher education. Private support for the law school drives our success through scholarship and student support, expanded opportunities for our dedicated faculty members, and program support. The University of Arkansas School of Law was named the 18th “Best Value” among American law schools by The National Jurist and will continue to provide affordable and accessible legal education to the state of Arkansas. Your gifts, both large and small, provide the margin of excellence that helps build on more than 80 years of tradition promoting professionalism, civility, and leadership.
- How does our firm win the challenge?
- Firms win when they reach 100% participation, meaning every University of Arkansas School of Law graduate has made a gift or pledge of any amount to the law school this fiscal year.
- How does the Law Firm Challenge benefit our firm?
- Firms who achieve 100% participation benefit from increased visibility and recognition from their peers, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the law school. Recognition of 100% participation will be listed on the law school’s website, in the alumni magazine, and with signage in the law school career services office. Each donor will also receive a personalized thank-you letter for their contribution.
- What are the responsibilities of a Law Firm Challenge Representative?
- Challenge representatives inform their alumni colleagues about the challenge and needs of the law school, and then motivate them to make gifts. At the end of March we send each challenge representative information about the program, the number and names of alumni at their firm, and information about how to get started. Throughout the length of the program (April 1 – June 30) you will receive updates and support from the Office of Development.
- 1. Consider the Culture – Every firm and organization is unique. Approach your colleagues in ways that are most appropriate for your office/firm culture.
- 2. Stay Updated – We will send you giving updates which you can forward to your colleagues, and you can request one at any time. To be even more effective you can personalize your messages to include your personal perspective – why you are involved and how this will benefit your firm.
- 3. Visit or Call – Email is fast, easy and convenient, but nothing beats a personalized face-to-face conversation. If that’s not possible, then a phone call is great too. It will provide you with an opportunity to strengthen your relationships with your colleagues, as well as hear objections or answer questions.
- 4. Follow Up – Since people are busy, you may need to follow up a couple times (and in different ways) with those who don’t respond to your initial requests. You can also recruit your alumni colleagues that have already given to help drum up support, especially if they have a closer relationship with a colleague that isn’t responsive or is hesitant to give.
- 5. Say Thanks – Let your colleagues know how much you appreciate their support. Every donor will receive a gift receipt as well as a thank you letter from the dean. A personal note, phone call or email from you will also mean a great deal. If your firm meets the 100 percent participation goal, let your colleagues know, or better yet, invite them all to get lunch or drinks after work to celebrate.
Law Firm Challenge Guidelines
Challenge Representative Guide
As a challenge representative, you will be responsible for contacting University of Arkansas School of Law alumni at your firm to explain the importance of alumni participation, inform colleagues about the needs of the law school, and encourage a gift to the law school. The Office of Development will provide you with support, including periodic email updates on the participation status of your firm and fellow alumni colleagues. With a little creativity, the program can become a fun competition that unites colleagues in the common cause of supporting their alma mater.
Fast Facts and Friendly Tips
Things to Keep in Mind
If someone has a question that you can’t answer, check the Law Firm Guidelines page or contact the Office of Development for help at (479) 575-7735.
Online gifts are encouraged not only because it saves paper and postage, but it also saves time. They are recorded in our system much faster, which means your firm participation rate and updates from us are more accurate and the donor can be thanked quickly.