UNC Asheville senior Morgan Bradley received the 2018 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award from the WNC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Nov. 15—National Philanthropy Day. Here are three things to know about UNC Asheville’s own young philanthropist:
- He’s really involved on campus.
When Bradley says, “I’ve been heavily involved in student organizations,” he’s not kidding. He’s held multiple leadership roles in Sigma Nu, including president; he’s served as president of the Student Alumni Association; he’s been a member of the Order of Pisgah for three and a half years, and he’s been a student representative of the Alumni Board of Directors. He’s worked on campus almost since he stepped foot on it, and is currently the alumni engagement and donor relations intern.
- But his work doesn’t stop there.
Bradley’s involvement with Sigma Nu has taken him off campus to volunteer with various community partners, including a local battered women’s shelter, Manna Food Bank, and the Veterans Restoration Quarters.
“There’s a lot of things that I’ve been blessed with, and I’d like to give back to organizations financially, but I don’t have the means to do that,” Bradley said. “So, the only way I can do that is with my time. In some ways that can be just as big of an impact as giving financially.”
And that act of giving back has its own rewards, Bradley said.
“It’s fun, too, especially if you have a group of people and you have the same goals to make an impact and improve your community,” he said. “I don’t want to sound selfish, but it’s very fulfilling when you can go and feed 100 people at the Veteran Restoration Quarters on a Sunday morning.”
- He’s all about the liberal arts.
“I’m very appreciative of the liberal arts education I’ve received here,” Bradley said. As an economics major, Bradley said he didn’t see the connection between his major and the humanities at first. “In the moment you don’t really see what’s happening, but over the course of four years, the way you think, the way you problem solve, communicate—I would have to hand that to the humanities program here.
“Having the opportunity to learn about so many different cultures, just the perspective on the world, I don’t think I would have ever gotten that if I wasn’t either at this school or in those classes,” Bradley continued. “So, I’m very appreciative of that.”