Why I Give
Frank Jazzo, BS '80
Co-Managing Member, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC
Member, Rockefeller College Advisory Board
What motivates you to give to Rockefeller College and the University at Albany?
I am a big believer in public education. Not only am I the product of the public education system—from nursery school through my law degree—I am also aware of the great need that public institutions have. The belief that universities and state colleges like UAlbany and Rockefeller College are fully funded by taxpayer dollars and therefore don't need additional support from alumni and friends couldn't be further from the truth. My involvement as a member of the Rockefeller College Advisory Board has allowed me to see fi rsthand the impact that the tough fi nancial climate has had on the College. It also gives me a deeper understanding of the great things that are being done at the College and has allowed me to get to know the faculty, staff and students who work every day to carry out the College's mission. I give back because I want to do my part to help ensure that programs are not cut and that students are given the tools that they need to be successful.
How do you hope your gifts will benefit students and the College?
At a very basic level, I hope—and believe—that my gifts to the College have a
positive impact on the student experience and the programs that the College is able to offer, which might not be possible without gifts from alumni and friends. There are so many places that additional funding is needed: to provide stipends for internships and scholarships to attract the best and brightest students; to help students in financial need; and to directly support programs that benefit students. When I first decided to attend the University at Albany, I truly thought of it as a place to get a high-quality education at an affordable price. I give back to the University and to Rockefeller College so that the next generations of students can have the same great experiences that I had. The value of a University at Albany education is contingent upon the continued good reputation of the institution. I hope that by giving back I'm helping the University and College to continue moving forward.
How does giving back to the College make you feel?
It makes me feel terrific! I'm glad to be in a position to be able to give back to the College and University. I received a great education, and am proud to be a Rockefeller College alum. It's rewarding to see the wonderful things that the College and its students are doing and to know that I played a part in making that happen. As cliché as it sounds, it's very rewarding to be able to pay it forward!
Frank and his wife Barbara (BA '81) have been loyal donors to both UAlbany and Rockefeller College for over 20 years. Their generosity helps ensure that the College is able to provide the very best educational opportunities, resources and programs to today's students, who will soon become tomorrow's leaders and key policymakers. To read more about the impact that gifts like Frank and Barbara's are having on Rockefeller College students, and to learn about how you can make a difference, please visit www.albany.edu/rockefeller/giving.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 Rockefeller College News Magazine.
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