It’s March, and that means it’s time again for the biggest college basketball tournament of the year. In the spirit of the season, The Consortium is hosting its annual Nothing but Net fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of incoming students’ attendance at the 55th annual Orientation Program & Career Forum (OP).
March 14 through April 5, you can help give new Consortium members the best shot at beginning their MBA career by participating in Nothing but Net. The Consortium’s own “March Madness,” the campaign allows students, alumni and friends of The Consortium to compete on the philanthropy court, as schools compete against one another to see who raises the most money. As a donor, you can make a contribution in honor of your school/alma mater and/or your favorite college basketball team. Schools, or “teams,” have the opportunity to earn badges and awards based on the number and amount of donations they receive.
Nothing but Net is one of The Consortium’s most important fundraisers of the year as it makes students’ attendance at OP possible. “The campaign funds support the Orientation Program, specifically underwriting the expenses for fellows to attend,” says The Consortium’s Vice President of Development Kimberly Alexander. “With 600 new students at an approximate cost of $2,500 per student, the contributions assist us in being able to not charge new students for the OP experience.”
Although this year’s OP will once again be hosted as a virtual, as opposed to in-person, experience, the costs associated with developing and hosting the event are vast. Donations to Nothing but Net will assist The Consortium with covering these costs as well as ensuring the experience is on par with, or even better than, the regular in-person event. The OP is an important segue to business school for first-year MBAs as it provides an early touchpoint for students to meet and connect with their classmates and Consortium corporate partner companies, as well as gain early access to internship and job opportunities.
Every donation helps — no matter the amount — so play it forward by contributing during The Consortium’s 2021 Nothing but Net campaign. The campaign kicks off Sunday, March 14 with Selection Sunday and concludes Monday, April 5 with the NCAA championship game. Learn more or make a donation here!