Coyote Karma encourages philanthropy

By Angela E. Rodriguez |Staff Writer|

CSUSB is preparing for its first Coyote Karma event focusing on giving back to our campus and highlighting student unity.

Coyote Karma will take place in front of the John M. Pfau Library Thursday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Office of Student Leadership and Development and Associated Students Inc. are teaming up with the Department of Communication Studies’ public relations class to encourage students to donate to their campus.

This event will feature different forms of entertainment such as live music by student bands and DJs. Coyote Karma will also offer food from many local vendors.

“There’s going to be a lot going on, especially with opportunity drawings,” said the leader of Coyote Karma’s writing team, Annette  Verdejo. Greeks, along with other organizations on campus, will have the chance to participate in raising donations.

May 31  is an opportunity for all students from different organizations to be united and show love for the campus that supports them in their higher education.

The idea of Coyote Karma is to encourage students to step forward and give back to the school that has helped them so much.

The percentage of CSUSB students receiving some form of financial aid is 82 percent. Annually, CSUSB financial aid has a disbursement of $160 million.  This number is broken down into three  groups of $85 million for state and fed grants, $74 million for loans and $1 million for work study.

According to the Coyote Karma pamphlet, CSUSB is state-funded, but has ran out of its monetary resources. Coyote Karma’s focus is on showcasing students by featuring different departments on campus giving chances to show how much in donations can be raised.

Verdejo explained how students don’t need to donate a lump some of cash but can at least sacrifice that $5 coffee for at least one day.

“Students don’t have to give a large quantity of money. It can be a minimum donation of $1. It’s as easy as giving up your Starbucks latte for a day,” said Verdejo.

The majority of funds that are donated to CSUSB are from private donors and alumni. As of now, CSUSB does not have a student campaign program and is hopeful in starting one up and integrating it with incoming freshman students.

According to the Office of Student Leadership and Development and ASI, students are 10 times more likely to contribute and give back to their alma mater as alumni when they engage with the university of their choice as early as their freshman year of college.

Being the first event on CSUSB’s campus with such strong intentions for financial advancement, there is hope for success.

Remember, what you give is what you get!