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Reminder: November 15 Deadline for the Leff campaign

From the RSA Development Council: 

There are just two weeks left in our fund-raising campaign for the Michael Leff Fund for Graduate Student Support at the RSA Institute. The full call for contributions is below. 

We have had good success so far with many generous contributions, and we always welcome additional generosity from any member of RSA, especially from Mike’s many friends and colleagues. 

Please join this effort. To make your gift, go to the RSA home page and click the green “Donate” button at the top right. You will be prompted to log in. You’ll then be taken to the "Gifts to RSA" page, where you can direct your gift to the Leff Endowment. On the next screen, you can pay for your pledge by using your credit card or mailing in a check. 


Many of you knew Michael Leff, who was an active RSA member and leader. He had just assumed the RSA presidency early in 2010 when he died after a brief battle with lung cancer. One of Mike’s important legacies to RSA is the biennial Summer Institute, as he was involved in the initial proposal and directed the first Institute, held at Kent State University in 2005. 

RSA’s Michael Leff Endowment Fund honors Mike’s longtime commitment to cultivating young scholars by supporting graduate students participating in  the Summer Institute. For the 2021 Virtual Institute, RSA was able to provide $400 research awards to each of 20 graduate students, with over half going to students from BIPOC and other traditionally marginalized communities. 

We would like to challenge you to help us increase the amount of help the Leff Endowment can provide in future years. Some of Mike’s special friends—Fred Antczak, Leah Ceccarelli, Michael Halloran, Jim Jasinski, Carolyn Miller, Michael Osborn, Ying Yuan, and David Zarefsky—have together pledged a total of $7000 with the understanding that other RSA members will together donate half that amount, an additional $3500. Our goal is to put the Leff Endowment Fund well over $60,000 (it currently stands at $52,000). This increase would enable the Fund to provide more student support for each Institute. 

Please join this effort. To make your gift, go to the RSA home page and click the green “Donate” button at the top right. You will be prompted to log in. You’ll then be taken to the “Gifts to RSA” page, where you can direct your gift to the Leff Endowment. On the next screen, you can pay for your pledge by using your credit card or mailing in a check. 

Every gift helps support students, and every gift helps meet the challenge. This campaign ends on November 15. Please help support graduate student participation at the RSA Institute—and commemorate Mike Leff’s legacy. 

Sincerely,

Leah Ceccarelli, Honorary chair, Leff Challenge Campaign
Carolyn R. Miller, Chair, RSA Development Council

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