This fundraiser is an opportunity for University of Chicago seniors to honor their time at the University by extending educational opportunities to others, without (necessarily) donating to the official Senior Class Gift.
Why did you choose Children's Literacy Initiative?
Children's Literacy Initiative is an education charity which helps teachers learn effective strategies for teaching children to read. It gets good marks for transparency and use of funds, and has undergone several external studies assessing its impact which show promising results (example). It is also active in Chicago.
Do I have to be a graduating senior to donate?
Nope! In fact, you don't have to be affiliated with the University of Chicago at all. Calling it a "senior gift" is meant as a framing decision, rather than to reflect any requirements.
Are you trying to stick it to the university with this campaign?
This campaign is meant as an alternative to the senior class gift for people who believe their donations could be better used elsewhere. We welcome those who wish to give to both (hence the "supplemental" in the title).
One study of the CLI concluded that it costs $586 in donations to bring one child from below-grade-level reading ability to meeting literacy benchmarks. If this catches on, we'll raise the goal, but for now it seems about right. Round numbers are for losers anyway.