Philanthropy is a way of life
By Janice Beetle | Winter/Spring 2022
Moriah Billups ’15 keeps in close touch with Springfield College. The relationships she made here are meaningful to her, and she wants to nurture them. She reaches out on occasion to Director of Alumni Relations Tamie Kidess Lucey ’81, G’82, and members of the alumni office team to say hi or thank them for all they do. As a younger donor, Billups is also well connected to Kylie Martin Laurenitis ’13, G’16, director of Annual Giving for Leadership Gifts and Athletics.
“I’m passing the torch, lending a hand to the next generation. College is not just about academics, but the whole experience. I wouldn’t be who I am without the foundation that Springfield laid.”Moriah Billups
Martin gave Billups a tour of the Harold C. Smith Learning Commons this summer. When the two have that kind of time together, they tend to chat about how to inspire more recent alumni to give. “We brainstorm,” says Billups, who will turn 29 this spring.
Billups gives to Springfield College because it supported her independence and helped her create and follow her own path—right into her current job as philanthropy officer at Concord (N.H.) Hospital. “I’m passing the torch, lending a hand to the next generation,” she says. “College is not just about academics, but the whole experience. I wouldn’t be who I am without the foundation that Springfield laid.”
Originally, Springfield College was not among the schools Billups wanted to visit, but her mom persuaded her to take a look. The tour guide was a dancer, like Billups, and that relationship became the first key one of her college experiences. Another important bond was with Ian Wyman ’16, whom Billups later married.
Billups, who served as the Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees, also danced on the Pride Dance Team and felt honored to give tours as a student ambassador. “I loved talking to students, and I put my heart and soul into it,” she says.
Before deciding on rehabilitation and disabilities studies, Billups changed her major three times, always with guidance and support from College faculty and staff. “Springfield teaches you how to be a full person,” the magna cum laude graduate says. “The skills I learned at Springfield identified what brought me joy, what I wanted to do with my life. I was empowered the minute I stepped on campus.”
“The skills I learned at Springfield identified what brought me joy, what I wanted to do with my life. I was empowered the minute I stepped on campus.”Moriah Billups
Billups became part of the David Allen Reed Society through its First Decade Circle, which scales giving up from $100 in the first year after graduation to $1,000 10 years later.
She hopes others who enjoyed their time at Springfield College will consider giving back. “Philanthropy is a way of life. It’s an opportunity to make an impact in the world,” she says, adding that all donors should stay engaged and ask questions about where they can contribute to the College. “Philanthropy should be an active choice, not a passive one. Educate yourself. The more you know, the more you empower yourself to understand and the more meaningful your gift is.”