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4COMMUNIQUWINTER2015ACONVERSATIONWITHCHRISSURIANbyLauraProbynMSUCOMDevelopmentDirectorChrisSuriandoesntwantjustdonorshewantsphilanthropists.Heslookingforpeoplewhowanttohaveanimpactonthenextgenerationofosteopathicphysicianspeoplewhowanttosupportresearcherswhowillleadthewayinghtingdebilitatingconditionsandpeoplewhowanttohelptakethecollegetothenextlevelinexcellence.SEIZINGOPPORTUNITIESSurianislookingforphilanthropists.Thatdoesntonlymeanpeoplewhocangivemillionsofdollarsormoreitmeanspeopleatalllevelsofgivingwhowanttomakeadifference.ThequestionIalwaysaskisWhatdoyouwanttodowithyourmoneythatsimportanttoyouWhatareyourphilanthropicpassionshesays.BasicallythequestionisWhatimpactdoyouwanttomakeThemanatthecenterofthecollegeseffortstomeetits21milliongoalintherecentlyannounceduniversitycapitalcampaigntitledEmpowerExtraordinarySurianhasactuallybeenimmersedinthecampaignformorethantwoyearsplanningandgatheringinputinpreparationforitslaunch.Beforesettingyourgoaltheresaboutatwo-yearperiodwhereyouarecloselyexaminingyourunitacrosstheboardandgatheringfeedbackfromadministratorsfacultyandcurrentsupportersonwhatsgoingtogetustothenextlevelofexcellencehesays.YoubringtogetheryourcurrentsupportersandaskfortheirhelpinmakingleadimpactgiftsandyouaskthemWhoelseouttherewouldliketobeapartofthisItsbeenaverydeliberativethoughtfulprocesswerenotjustgoingoutandsayingHeygiveusmoney.Surianclearlyseesthecollegesprogressinsettingitsphilanthropicgoalsandtheninmeetingthosegoalsandestablishingnewones.Itsanadvancethatwasespeciallyevidentintheuniversityslastcampaignaboutadecadeago.Duringthelastcampaignwereallystartedtothinkoflargeimpactgiftsandwhatoriginallywasan8milliongoalturnedintoan18millioncampaignhepointsout.Thisisaverypivotalpointforusthealumniandfriendsthatwellbetalkingtoduringthiscampaignrepresentwhatwasagrowthperiodforourcollege.Tomaintainthatlevelofexcellenceandgrowthwearegoingtoneedtheirsupportandpartnership.MAXIMIZINGIMPACTAsthecollegenearsitsfthdecadeaspartofMSUthenumberofitsalumniwhoarenearingretirementisalsoadvancing.ThismeansthatSurianisworkingwithagrowingbodyofpeoplewhoarethinkingaboutnancialissuesbeyondraisingafamilyorrunningapractice.SomeofouralumsarenttooyoungtostartthinkingWhatcanIdowiththisassettomeetmyphilanthropicgoalshesays.WehavesomealumswhoarestartingtothinkabouthowtheycancreatetrustsorcharitablegiftannuitieswheretheymighthaveanincomeforsometimeperiodandthenMichiganStatewouldkeeptheremainderattheirpassing.Suriansaysthecollegeisntrelyingsolelyonalumnitohelpchartacourseforthefuture.Animportantphaseofourcampaignwillbewhatwecallfriendshesays.TherehavebeenindividualsinthestateofMichiganandaroundthecountrywhohavebeeninvolvedwiththeosteopathicprofessionfortheirentirelives.Becauseofourpositionandreputationwithintheprofessionweareabletomeetalotoftheirphilanthropicgoals.EMPOWEREXTRAORDINARYTHECAMPAIGNforMICHIGANSTATEUNIVERSITY