Get Involved

Being involved with DPCS is more than giving financial support. It’s about a class bonding around a dynamic new class project. It’s about broadening the Dartmouth Experience for students and faculty. It’s about getting closer to and interacting with today’s Dartmouth undergraduates. It’s about making an immediate difference with organizations and individuals who are addressing important problems facing our society.

Here’s how a class or an individual can get involved . . .

CLASS INVOLVEMENT

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Eight alumni classes contribute stipends for DPCS undergraduates’ leave term internships with a community service organization (CSO) in the United States who has assigned the intern specific performance responsibilities. To read about the other classes, click here.
  • Each intern interacts with an alumni mentor throughout his/her 8-10 week internship.

REWARDS TO A SPONSORING CLASS

  • Provides a unique chance to make an immediate difference in the lives of today’s Dartmouth undergraduates who are committed to making community service a part of their Dartmouth Experience . . . and beyond.
  • Makes an immediate difference in “addressing problems facing our society”through one community service organization at a time.
  • Contributes to Dartmouth in a unique way by expanding a student’s educational experience at the College.
  • Enjoys the special pleasure of intra-class bonding and the resultant energizing of the class as a whole.

REWARDS TO OTHERS

  • Alumni Mentor - has the remarkable opportunity to bond with a Dartmouth under-graduate during and after his or her DPCS internship - a special relationship that will only be determined and shaped as the internship evolves.
  • DPCS Undergraduate Intern - almost universally creates a life-transforming experience he or she would never realize in the classroom.
  • Community Service Organization (CSO) and their Clients - receive the contribution of a high-energy, smart, committed Dartmouth undergraduate.

ALUMNI LEADERSHIP

  • The program is managed through the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth, with oversight by an Alumni Board.
  • The goal is for all participating classes to share in leading DPCS, understanding that time is needed to assimilate and become competent in the system. Accommodating such a learning curve prevents any individual or class from being over-burdened with excessive or difficult work. The system in place is mature and manageable.
  • While the support of seven other classes is extremely valuable, the bulk of the work and money comes from the founding class of 1959. The actuarial reality is that ’59s will not be able to play this role indefinitely.
  • Therefore, more classes are needed to support and perpetuate this program. The target date for an expanded base of participating classes and leadership roles is June 2009 - the 50th reunion of the class of 1959.
  • The Class of 1959 wants to secure DPCS’s future, for which it will continue beyond its 50th to help for as long as possible.

DIMENSIONS OF CLASS PARTICIPATION
An alumni class’s involvement ideally includes the following:

  1. Identification of a classmate who will lead the DPCS Class Project initiative.
  2. Formal class fund raising program for DPCS that operates outside of and parallel to the efforts for the Dartmouth Annual Fund.
    • Historically, classes with DPCS as a project have seen their participation in the Dartmouth Annual Fund increase with financial goals being met.
    • This program would include some or all of the following:
      • Establishing an annual goal for DPCS fund raising
      • Identifying a DPCS Annual Giving leader
      • Creating a team of DPCS agents
      • Using standard development techniques (telephone calls, letter writing, e-mails; “Dues Check-Off”) to encourage classmate contribution. (The Class of 1959 will gladly share its fund-raising methodology.)
      • Committing pre-established and agreed-upon funds from the Class Treasury
  3. Appointments to the Alumni Board (one or more, depending upon class interest), either as (a) an At Large Board member, or (b) in a specific position
    • At the outset, suggested positions for newly joining alums would align with their interests and be in a support role to a current officer in order to facilitate the learning curve.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss this opportunity in greater detail. Please contact Doug Wise ’59 at dwise59@comcast.net or 603 865 5568.

INDIVIDUAL INVOLVEMENT

MENTOR

  • Each intern is assigned a Dartmouth alumni/ae mentor. The mentor is not expected to be fully knowledgeable in the CSO’s activities, but serves as a guiding influence to answer questions and be a local presence for the intern. For the alum, it provides the occasion to interact with a current Dartmouth undergraduate.
  • If interested, contact Bill Mitchell at whmitchell@audible.com or 973-820-0420.

FINANCIAL

  • Each student intern receives a stipend to help defray living expenses. All interns are funded each year in part or whole by individual gifts from you and other Dartmouth alumni/ae. Over 95% of funds collected go directly into these student stipends.
  • Checks should be made out to “Dartmouth College” with a notation that the money is “Designated for DPCS.” Your contribution should be forwarded to the Office Manager, Tucker Foundation, 6154 South Fairbanks Hall, Hanover NH 03755.
  • If you want to use a credit card, please contact Gifts Recording at 603-646-3355.
  • Naturally, all contributions are tax-deductible.

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION

  • You may be involved with or aware of a non-profit community service organization near you which could benefit from hosting an 8-10 week internship from a Dartmouth undergraduate.
  • If you so desire, please refer a CSO to the CSO registration / application form.

CLASS PARTICIPATION

To learn more about how and why other classes participate, click here.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Director of Fellowships and Internships
c/o Tucker Foundation
6154 South Fairbanks Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
603-646-3419
DPCS@Dartmouth.EDU

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