Advancing SFS: A Note from Richard Jacobs
“Thirty-three and an income of $50,000 per annum! By this time two years I can so arrange all my business so as to secure at least $50,000 per year. Beyond this never earn—make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes.”
To give to SFS, visit http://www1.georgetown.edu/sfs/giving.
So said Andrew Carnegie, one of America’s great philanthropists, in his 1889 book The Gospel of Wealth. In my first several months as Senior Director of Development, I have spent a great deal of time talking to members of the School of Foreign Service community about philanthropy and ownership – why it is important to nurture and care for a place like the School of Foreign Service that has educated you, or your children, or even your grandchildren and the major role that SFS plays in defining who you are today.
Since 1919, a School of Foreign Service education has been an investment in excellence. The price of excellence has been rising sharply. Some institutions can no longer afford it and they settle for less. The School of Foreign Service has no such option. There must be schools that exemplify excellence – which serve as the standard against which others are judged. Indeed, this is reflected in Foreign Policy magazine ranking the MSFS program as the top graduate program in the world and the undergraduate program the number five program in the world.
The promise of uncompromised quality pervades the heritage of a School of Foreign Service education. It is attested by the accomplishments of each of our graduates and our current students. It is written into the compact with the generations that have come before and those that will follow. It is a legacy that I am now proud and honored to be a part of and one that I look forward to discussing with each of you.
Richard S. Jacobs
Senior Director of Development
P.S. – I hope you enjoy the newsletter and that it prompts you to contemplate the impact that the School of Foreign Service has had upon you and your career. To that end, I encourage you to utilize the response envelope for “benevolent purposes” or visit http://www1.georgetown.edu/sfs/giving. I may be reached at any time at 202/687-7088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.