In this time of uncertainty, there have been many stories of Patriots helping Patriots—alumni who have come together to support the students at George Mason University. One long-standing supporter of the School of Business stepped up in a big way to be the first to start a new fund dedicated to business students.
Anne Altman, BS Marketing '82, recently transferred $10,000 and earmarked it for the new Business School Emergency Fund. This new fund established during the world pandemic of 2020, will help ease the burden for business students who are struggling financially due to hardships imposed by this crisis.
“Many students are working to cover student loans as well as the cost of living. They balance school and making ends meet by waiting tables or performing other roles which unfortunately are currently shut down due to COVID-19,” says Altman. “I remember when I was a student at Mason. That balance of school and work is difficult to manage and today’s environment challenges students to persevere unlike any of us in the past.”
This is certainly not the first time Altman has given back to the School of Business. Since graduating, Altman is no stranger to Mason. Through the years she has been a guest lecturer for the MBA program, served on Mason’s Board of Visitors, and currently sits on the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Altman was also named the 2011 Mason School of Business Alumna of the Year and the 2019 School of Business Alumni Services Awardee.
Altman is the co-founder and CEO of Everyone Matters Inc., a woman-owned social impact enterprise founded in 2017, dedicated to ensuring that everyone has equal access to citizen-based services, health care, and education. Previously, Altman spent 35 years with IBM.
“Starting this fund in a critical time of our global history is important,” says Nikki Jerome Ouellette, associate director of advancement and alumni relations. “Anne’s ability to support this cause is tremendous and will allow us to help many students.”
Altman has also been supporting numerous nonprofits hit hard by the pandemic, and says that if she can help by offering a leg up in these difficult times then she is honored to do so. “Mason is a special institution, and it brings out the best in students,” says Altman. “I have such admiration for the commitment the university makes to the students and the subsequent commitment the students bring to their education.”
“What appears to be fragile will make today’s students strong. And, if I can help these students build their strength, resilience and fortitude, then I believe it is our responsibility to do so.”