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October 15, 2008

Alumnus wants his children to have the same opportunities he enjoyed

While he had made some small donations after graduating with a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies in 1982, it wasn’t until Graham Legge was contacted by a student from Western’s Annual Giving Call Centre that he decided to give to Western on a regular basis. Now, Graham, who has worked in the financial services industry for almost 20 years, has been making a monthly contribution since 2006 and he’s committed to doing so for several more years.

"It’s very simple,” says Graham, who uses the option of monthly credit card payments. “I give smaller amounts on a regular basis and over time it adds up. If more graduates did that on a more consistent basis, the steadier stream of revenue would make it easier for the University to plan with it.”

Graham says his children are nearing university age, so he’s been thinking more about how students can’t count on the government to be the sole supplier of the money needed for post-secondary education. That’s why he chooses to direct his donation to The Western Fund, which provides immediate resources for today’s most pressing needs.

“I feel it’s important to let the University use the money as they see fit, rather than give money that’s got strings attached,” says Graham. “This way Western has the ability to focus on the projects they feel are most important to the school.”

He notes while his contributions aren’t huge, he knows Western can use them toward making a better experience for students.

“Whether it’s improving the quality of the infrastructure, offering more student awards or using the money to attract high quality professors – it is money well spent.”

This article appeared in the 2008 edition of Annual Impact
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