Fiat Philanthropic Leadership

Dear Alfred University alumni, parents, and friends:

Please join me in thanking Caroline Burgos ’19, ’20 MS, the newest and youngest member of our University’s Heritage Circle. During her time as an undergraduate student at Alfred University, Caroline blazed a trail of advocacy and accomplishment, and now she has blazed an entirely new trail with her planned giving, by including our University in her estate plans.

In her own words, Caroline said “I am thrilled to be back at Alfred as the Phonathon and Events Specialist.” As part of the onboarding process for new employees, our Human Resources team asked Caroline to name beneficiaries of her retirement benefits. Caroline added, “There are so many aspects of our University that I want to continue to support long term and adding Alfred University just seemed like the perfect way to do that.”

Caroline Burgos ’19, ’20 MS, with yours truly proudly wearing her record-setting Heritage Circle pin.

Caroline hopes to provide an example for other alumni, particularly GOLDS (Graduates of the Last Decade), to include Alfred University in their estate plans–whether setting up retirement plans or drawing up their first will. According to her, “I have always felt that it’s incredibly important to give students the opportunities I had, from swimming to the MBA, as well as creating opportunities that I didn’t. While it doesn’t seem like much right now, naming Alfred University—along with my family—as a recipient of my estate is a meaningful way for me to give back.”

Originally from Manahawkin, New Jersey, Caroline was a distance freestyle swimmer on Alfred’s swimming and diving team. She was the Coach’s Award recipient in 2017-18, a captain on the swim team 2018-2019, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Academy, and a student representative on several faculty committees. Caroline was one of the first student members of our Saxon Circle, our five-year annual leadership giving society, that now counts 682 founding members.

Caroline is a shining example of the best of Alfred University. If you are interested in following Caroline’s lead as a member of our Heritage and/or Saxon Circle, please let us know at your earliest convenience. While the record that Caroline set by joining our Heritage Circle two days shy of her 24th birthday is inspiring and will be hard to top, nothing would make her happier and our University more grateful than to have other graduates and friends put their shoulders to the wheel of such a worthwhile cause.

Fiat philanthropic leadership!