How consistency converts to impact for the next generation of philanthropists.
It is not often young philanthropists are featured in alumni magazines or get the spotlight for their impact. While larger gifts and grants facilitated by donors to St. Lawrence are typically featured, it is important to highlight the variety of gifts, both large and small from our young alumni, which can be the beginning of an evolving legacy of engagement and support.
For me, it’s about being a part of something bigger than myself. ”–Evan Koncewicz ’15
Sustaining Saints: Evan ’15 and Kelan Koncewicz ’15
Identical twins Evan ’15 and Kelan Koncewicz ’15 are the definition of Sustaining Saints, having donated anywhere from $25 to $100 for three consecutive years. In fact, the Koncewicz duo has given every year beginning with each of their $6 senior class gifts in 2015.
“Being somewhat familiar with nonprofits and charities, I know annual giving is so important for organizations to forecast and plan for their future,” says Kelan. “The amount of giving isn’t as important as the frequency.”
“For me, it’s about being a part of something bigger than myself,” says Evan. “I’m still in the early stages of my career and can’t contribute large-scale gifts. I wanted to be involved, but in a way that was manageable for me.”
Both brothers acknowledge that donating every year has more impact that just how many numbers come after the dollar sign. As with similar acts of giving, voting, or climate action, Kelan believes a small donation or act in isolation has limited impact. However, he says, if everyone contributes what they can, the potential impact those collective donations can have for students and the St. Lawrence community can be substantial.
“I think about the rankings such as the Princeton Review’s top alumni schools,” Evan explains. “One more alum donating improves the percentage of alumni that give back, one of the many factors that help keep St. Lawrence in the top five for private school alumni networks.”
Evan acknowledges that many young alumni are grappling with student loan payments and may have mixed emotions about giving back at this stage in their careers.
“Everyone is in a different financial situation,” he explains. “This is why I donate a little and often. As much as we (Millennials and Gen Z) are burdened by the finances of college, I think we still possess a great sense of pride toward our alma maters. Giving what I can is my way of helping out and feeling more involved and connected to St. Lawrence.”
“My mentality is about doing my part and paying it forward,” says Kelan. “A St. Lawrence education can open so many doors for students in their careers and lives, and that is something I’m happy to contribute to annually.”