April 20, 2009

UCLA Anderson Wins Challenge for Charity Golden Briefcase Second Year in a Row

Bruins outduel other top business schools in fundraising, volunteerism and sports


LOS ANGELES -- For the second year in a row, UCLA Anderson has won the Challenge for Charity (C4C) Golden Briefcase, a coveted award for the business school that achieves the best scores in fundraising, volunteerism, and an intramural weekend sports event. The Golden Briefcase was awarded to UCLA Anderson at a sports event and final awards weekend at Stanford University on April 17-18, 2009.

"Winning the Golden Briefcase is not just about competition; it's an accomplishment that the entire Anderson community can be proud of -- a feat that we all had to come together to achieve," said Kimberly Muroff, co-president of UCLA Anderson's C4C chapter. "In business school it is very easy to lose sight of the community around us. C4C allows us break out of our comfort zone and make a meaningful impact on the greater Los Angeles community."

The MBA Challenge for Charity is the largest charitable business school organization in the world and has nine participating MBA programs. This year, more than 230 UCLA Anderson students participated in C4C-related volunteer events, accumulating 5,123 service hours for Special Olympics and LA Works -- more than 2,000 more hours than any other school. UCLA's volunteering represented 40 percent of the 13,000 total hours across all C4C chapters this year.

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Annual spelling bee"It is encouraging that students, alumni, faculty and staff are willing to give so much time and money despite such difficult economic times," said Erica Marie Colon, UCLA Anderson's C4C co-president. "It's further inspiring to know that no matter what economic situation we may face, the UCLA Anderson community can work together to make a noticeable impact on the lives of those less fortunate."

This year, UCLA Anderson raised $76,600 in fundraising dollars -- 22 percent of the $389,800 contributed by all nine participating schools. The majority of funds came from the annual C4C Auction and Casino Night, UCLA Anderson apparel sales, the Winter Trip and donations from various UCLA Anderson student groups. Since its founding in 1984, C4C as an entire organization has donated almost $5 million to its beneficiaries.

The C4C annual competition begins at the beginning of the academic school year and finishes in April during the intramural sports events and final awards weekend at Stanford. Schools compete on a per-capita basis on volunteer hours and dollars raised for Special Olympics and each school's secondary charity (LA Works), as well as final scores during the inter-C4C sports competition.

About MBA Challenge for Charity (C4C)
The MBA Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that draws on the talents, energy, and resources of MBAs from nine West Coast business schools to support Special Olympics and family-related local charities, and to develop business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility. These goals are accomplished through volunteerism and fundraising which is fostered by collegial interaction and friendly competition. 2008-2009 marks the 25th proud anniversary of the organization. C4C is an umbrella organization through which each school separately fundraises and volunteers for Special Olympics throughout the school year. Each school hosts events, volunteer programs, parties, etc to raise money and volunteer participation. Schools can also volunteer with and raise money for a second charity of their choice as part of C4C.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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