Mulvaneys Support Leaders for Change

Karen and Tom MulvaneyKaren and Tom Mulvaney became connected to Saint Mary’s through their daughter Meg, who graduated from the College with undergraduate (liberal and civic studies) and graduate degrees (education). “We learned about CILSA and Saint Mary’s commitment to social justice and community engagement through Meg’s Jan Term trip to Rwanda. We saw firsthand the impact of such a trip and we also knew that one doesn’t have to travel any distance at all to find meaningful engagement which can be as close as next door, down the street, or in the next town or state,” said Karen Mulvaney.

The Mulvaneys then established the Mulvaney Family Head+Heart+Hands Endowed Fund with a gift of $250,000 and a challenge to others to match their support. Since then, more than 150 people have stepped forward to meet the challenge goal and Karen and Tom have matched their contributions with another $250,000. Collectively, $757,000 has been raised that will benefit CILSA and the College’s social justice and community engagement programs in perpetuity.

"The endowment will benefit generations of students with scholarships to support their service and leadership development,” said Jennifer Pigza, director of CILSA “The Mulvaneys give deeply of their hearts and their commitment to our students. It is a joy to share in this work with them."

“We are honored and proud of this collaboration with Saint Mary’s,” said Karen ”The always interesting result is that the act of engagement is a full circle gift, everyone wins when we care about and for each other.”