Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Gifts to the Willamette Fund help provide Atkinson Graduate School of Management students with an MBA experience that is recognized nationally and internationally for the unique excellence of its programs, the quality of its students, and the talent of its faculty.  Read more to learn how your support made an important difference in the continued success of Willamette’s MBA program during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Unrestricted support for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Total raised: $52,766
Number of donors: 237

Below are some highlights and examples that demonstrate the many ways your gift to the Willamette Fund made a difference to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management during the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • During the 2012-13 academic year, 192 MBA students were the recipients of Willamette University scholarship support. The average scholarship amount MBA students was received from Willamette was $11,198.
  • Gifts to the Willamette Fund helped pay for AGSM maintenance costs including repair for the building’s heating and cooling system.
  • The Willamette MBA for Life program was announced, allowing alumni to enroll in MBA classes free of charge, for life.
  • A student team took second place in the California Dreamin' business plan competition, winning $15,000 in cash and an additional $15,000 in equity investment.
  • The PACE program, now in its 15th year, donated over 2,000 hours of student consulting time to not-for-profit and government organizations in Oregon, Chicago and Africa over the past year.  PACE continues to attract client organizations from outside Oregon and outside the U.S.
  • In May, AGSM awarded 91 Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees to early career and career-change students. Among those who earned MBAs, 25 were international students representing 12 countries. During the academic year, Atkinson awarded 62 MBA degrees to graduates of the evening MBA for Professionals program.
  • Forbes' magazine listed the Willamette MBA program among its list of the "top business schools" in the U.S. based on the return on investment experienced by graduates. This honor was followed by US News and World Report listing the Willamette MBA among the top five lowest priced, accredited, private MBA programs.
  • The Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey ranked the Willamette MBA program among the top 25 schools in the world for corporate social responsibility, ethics and environmental stewardship.

"My father always taught me to always leave things better than how you found them….giving back seems like a natural way to do just that! It is vital we pass along the history of what those before us generously did – and to provide the opportunity to advance ourselves through higher education. A dollar here and a dollar there may not change the University over night, but many hands make light work!"

- Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05, Alumni Board Member